Ryan Sidebottom admits it is up to the batsmen now to try and get England back into the first Test against New Zealand.
Ross Taylor (120) and Daniel Vettori (88) helped take the Kiwis to a daunting first innings total of 470 all out on the second day in Hamilton.
The tourists then lost Alastair Cook (38) and nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard (two) in their reply before closing the day on 87-2.
Sidebottom was the only one of England's seamers to show any real form with ball in hand, finishing with 4-90, and he is glad to have a break from bowling on such an unhelpful surface.
He told Sky Sports 1: "It was a very difficult day. We sat down last night and thought we had a really good day.
"But Ross Taylor played well and Vettori when he came in so we are disappointed but tomorrow's another day.
"It's a good wicket to bat on, there's not much movement there so hopefully we can put on a big total.
"I think you've just got to keep plugging away, try and make them do the work and play the shots - boring cricket really.
"And try and sneak a few wickets and when the new batsman comes in try and hit him hard.
"So we are very disappointed. We battled away but tomorrow's another day so we'd better put some runs on the scoreboard."
England still trail by 383 runs, but will hope to make the most of the favourable batting conditions with Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss still unbeaten at the crease.