Well, that will be that then. England, masters of playing for the defensive draw, have got out of jail yet again. They took a road for a pitch and drove to safety, with almost every batsman making a contribution along the way. New Zealand toiled hard, but in the end they had no answer to the English obstinance.
There are many numerical ways of presenting the method by which the draw was achieved for England, but in the end the most significant is this. The top 3 all faced more than 200 balls each. And one of them had a previous top score of 20. While nothing should diminish the phenomenal opening partnership between century makers Cook and Compton, it was Finn who really secured the draw for England.
He scored 56, not a bad effort for a fairly genuine tailender. It was the manner that the runs, or lack of them were scored though. He faced down 203 deliveries, saw off the second new ball, and saved the match. When he entered in the 85th over, England were still well behind in terms of the deficit. When he departed in the 155th over, England were well in the lead and a draw was all but assured. It was the batting equivalent of Atlas holding the world on his shoulders, and another fine chapter in the English history of batting for the draw.