England batsman Jonathan Trott denied complacency was to blame for the tourists' woeful second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin but former captain Michael Vaughan accused the tourists of 'not respecting' cricket.
After a first day washout, England were bowled out by an inexperienced attack for just 167 and were then shown how to bat as the home side reached 131 without loss at the University Oval.
Trott was England's top scorer with 45 but the tourists were made to look very ordinary.
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Neil Wagner and debutant Bruce Martin shared eight wickets and then another debutant Hamish Rutherford (77) and Peter Fulton (46) showed the tourists how it should be done.
'We put ourselves under pressure with our performance with the bat,' Trott said.
'I don't think it's a lack of effort; we made a conscious effort to start the series really well.
'We looked at that and thought, "We've always been on the back foot at the start of the series' and we tried to correct that today but we didn't get it right.'
Ashes-winning skipper Vaughan disagreed with Trott's analysis, saying on Test Match Special: 'England didn't respect the game, they took the mickey out of Mr Cricket.
'England's mindset has been over-confident; they weren't prepared to do the hard yards.'
Trott could only scratch his head when asked why familiar failings had resurfaced, adding 'I think the guys have worked really hard in (the tour match defeat in) Queenstown, and here - and it just wasn't our day.
'We've all felt really good, and you can't fault the guys' commitment in the nets to get ready for a big series like this.
'We (just) didn't bat very well. I'm sure that was pretty obvious.'
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior admitted the day had been an awful one but said they would do the utmost to rectify the situation, tweeting: 'Only one thing to say about today...horrendous! It happens in sport but how u bounce back is key! We'll be giving it our all promise u that!'
Trott is hoping England have simply got their worst performance out of the way early. 'It was a good wicket and we have got to fight our way back into this cricket match,' he said.
'We've got a big three days ahead of us. We've faced big challenges like this before. This is going to be a good one if we can pull it off.'
The recurring theme in England's innings was of batsmen trying to dominate, even as wickets were falling, failing to keep the ball down and finding willing catchers.
'It was just poor shots ... and misjudgment maybe ... that we got ourselves out with,' said Trott.
'The shots were on but we just didn't execute them right.
'I think every batsmen put their hands up and said, "We didn't play the way we should have".'
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Collective acknowledgment of mistakes was therefore the order of a day in which England's hosts made none.
'It can't get any worse, you can say that,' added Trott.
'But there's no place for feeling sorry for ourselves or thinking we didn't get the rub of the green, because you earn that in cricket.
'You earn the right to put the opposition under pressure and we didn't do that today.'
Head-scratcher: James Anderson (left) and captain Alastair Cook consider their options
The displeasure of Andy Flower is a given - although Trott was unsure immediately after close of play whether the England coach was likely to borrow from the Sir Alex Ferguson manual in his stumps debrief.
'Andy is pretty philosophical, but he knows the right to put his foot down and say, "That's not good enough",' he said.
'I'm not particularly happy with how things went - I don't think anyone is - but I don't think there is the need for a "hairdryer" treatment.
'It's the first day of a three-Test series. There are 13 days of Test cricket left and we hope we can win those.'
Star men: Neil Wagner (above celebrating the wicket of Kevin Pietersen) took four wickets while opening batsmen Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton (below) remained unbeaten
After a washout yesterday, England may yet be saved by more forecast bad weather.
New Zealand, however, could hardly have done any more so far to make a nonsense of all those predictions that England would surely coast to series victory here.
Wagner, South Africa-born but an adoptive son of Otago, was one of those with most reason for satisfaction.
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He said: 'That was pretty special, playing (a Test) in front of my home crowd and as a New Zealander in New Zealand for the first time.'
Among his wickets was Kevin Pietersen, for the second time in as many innings and this time for a golden duck - to his understandable delight.
'Getting Kevin's wicket was massive in the warm-up game,' added the left-arm seamer.
'But getting it in a Test is even better.'
There was at least a little bit of good news for spinner Monty Panesar, has been awarded an England increment contract for 2012-13.