Three down, 11 to go.
Black Cap's coach Gary Stead learned that it could really rain in the desert, and also discovered more about his one-day international crop in his 1-1 series draw against Pakistan.
Now there are three tests in the United Arab Emirates, starting Friday, before 11 more ODIs in the summer against Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, then the coach and voter Gavin Larsen will have his 15 World Cup names penciled.
After identifying "three or four" spots still in their cup 15, we look at what Stead would have liked and not been so impressed with in ODIs before the Dubai rain destroyed a good decision maker.
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Stead initially hoped that the bowl ran Sodhi and Astle in tandem in ODIs before the Astle tour almost before it started due to knee problems.
It gave Sodhi the jump in one of the more exciting World Cup elections between the two spiders, but for some reason he could not take the opportunity and left Astle still with a great chance if he could bounce at home.
Two wickets from 24 overs with an average of 64 and an economical rate of 5.25 did not make a good reading for Sodhi. He did not shake terribly, but against Shadab Khan there was no competition: the Pakistani leg spin scored an impressive 5-63 from 20 overs.
One theory is that the worn surfaces did not fit Sodhi style, but whatever happens, his place in the test page is now under review.
The Abu Dhabi tent for Friday's first test will be the center of their choice with two spinners who look firm. One of Will Somerville, Ajaz Patel and Sodhi may miss and after the latter match he can look over his shoulder.
Again, the switch from Twenty20 showed ODI cricket difficult for Munro just as Stead needed him to show he could not be left out of the World Cup squad.
In his last eight ODIs against England (home) and Pakistan (away), Munro 98 made runs at 12.25 – half of them in the Wellington game in March.
Again shot the election was the problem, especially in match two after meeting Shaheen Afridi for six, he tried to repeat and captured. Then in the game three avridi just beat him by beat, his angled delivery in good length comfortably exceeds Munros happy half-defense, half-drive.
Munro will be hard to get out of the cup 15 as his mediator can do a job for Kane Williamson and he has combined well on top with Martin Guptill.
But the home summer will see the blast applied to Munro in the 11 ODIs to satisfy Stead, he's not just a T20 player and can lift for the big opportunity in the 50's cricket.
Not much went right for the ODI skipper: caught playing a badly judged draw shot in the game one and then drove out on the third striker's third-third in match two while suffering from a light tension.
Stead said that if it had been a World Cup final, Williamson would have played, and with a 48-hour backup in the game three, they would not risk exacerbating the damage to the test.
Four years ago, UAE Williamson scored 69 runs in his first four provinces against Pakistan before a dominant 192 in the Surreal Sharjah test won with Brendon McCullum.
His fast track of 60 in the final T20 was vintage Williamson and you can argue that the shipman has fallen. New Zealand really needs him and Ross Taylor to go big with Pakistan spinners circling and the everlasting questions about Black Caps against slow bowling in Asia.
ODI's undoubted success story and a ticket to the big show in Britain next May must surely be his together with Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and possibly another beatball player.
Fast, aggressive and a viable alternative at death, Ferguson ticked all the boxes and was labeled "outstanding" by his coach, a difference in either lineup with his pace and fear of the batsmen.
Elva wickets at 12.81 told a story when he finished a rush with a career champion 5-45 after taking a good move on three wickets in his previous 18 ODI.
Otherwise, pace bowling was a mixed bag with Boult fading after his amazing hat trick in the game one. Perhaps he needed the run after his long break and the lack of swing would not have helped, but it was still alarming to see him acknowledge 80.
Henry was an interesting selection for Southee and was practical without causing a carnage at the top. This competition will be exciting this summer with Henry in the form of his life in England and more of a wicket-taking-hot up in front of the home.
COLIN DE GRANDHOMME
Practical with the ball (3-89 of 22 overs, economy velocity just over four), but in the midst of a worrying driving force that will need to be addressed in the tests, as he takes the key spot allrounder.
In six innings over the T20 and ODIs in the UAE, they are points 1, 6, 4, 6, 0 and 3 of GrandHom. Contains there are some terrible runouts that can not be held against him, but the power thieves need to return to their form from home summer, especially an impressive second and decisive test against England.
The Allrounder site is still fascinating from a World Cup selection, with Grandhomme watching a safe bet and the question remains if Stead goes with five blocks or two pace bowling allrounders in his team.
Corey Anderson has to return to bowling quickly and be able to back up while Jimmy Neesham continues to put an imperative case for Wellington in home crunch but has to force himself into the black shirt again this summer to be a realistic kick.