Disagree on your first point. Whilst the fact that there are fuck all warm up games played on tour and they are over before the touring side has had a chance to warm up means they never really get their eye in, losing on tour should not be a fait accompli. We only just retained the ashes in England. New Zealand are abysmal in this series. Their bowlers are dead trundles and their batters, apparantly amongst the best in the world, have barely been better than Pakistan. Its men v boys out there.