Pope was only behind the stumps in this second Test due to Jos Buttler's back injury and though he has been a wicketkeeper since school days, his lack of first-class experience - and thus a fully honed technique - means his back-up status on tour is one that England will likely park come their next series in South Africa.
Afterwards, none of the England players knew where to look.
Having survived an early barrage from Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were well on their way to batting New Zealand to the draw they needed to win the series 1-0.
The expected rain arrived at 1.55pm, soon after Williamson and Taylor had registered their centuries and safely guided their team to a draw to claim the series 1-0 after their victory in Mount Maunganui.
England skipper Joe Root has branded Joe Denly's catch drop as "one-off goober" (cricketing slang for a shocking error) after the latter failed to grab a sitter against New Zealand on the last day of second Test in Hamilton on Tuesday. Archer put his hands over his face and let out a rueful chuckle, while England number three Denly could only bend down and pick up the ball.More news: Prince William Is Making His Debut on 'The Crown'
When play was called off at 3.54pm, Williamson was unbeaten on 104 and Taylor 105 not out, with the duo adding an unbroken 213 for the third wicket partnership - a record against England.
Joe Denly hangs his head after dropping Kane Williamson.
Williamson was then on 39 and his side had yet to get past England's first innings tally of 476 in their second innings.
Williamson gently chipped a slower delivery from Jofra Archer straight to Denly at short midwicket and, as the bowler leapt in celebration and Williamson made an apologetic gesture to Taylor, the ball popped out of Denly's hands.
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Williamson was the first to bring up the milestone, sweeping opposite Joe Root to fine leg for four to reach his 21st Test century.
Jofra Archer was so confident he'd gotten his man, he was already celebrating.
It sets up an enticing three-Test series with Australia beginning in Perth on December 12.
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