Auckland: NZ batting legend Martin Crowe was surprised to see captain Brendon McCullum not enforcing the follow on during Day Three of the Auckland Test on Saturday.

Talking to ESPN Cricinfo, Crowe said that the Kiwi bowlers were enjoying the conditions and looked good for another couple of sessions.

"I thought it was obvious that they were going to enforce the follow on," said Crowe, adding that the fact the West Indies batted for two days to save the Dunedin Test last December must have played on McCullum's mind.

"Surprising, but you can't be too critical," said Crowe.