In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism.
To know how to disable your Ad Blocker, please
Please refresh your page, once Ad Blocker is disabled
The Eden Park stadium derives its name from the same source as Mount Eden, a dormant volcano, in whose proximity it is built. Both are named after the first Earl of Auckland.
Asked when Mt Eden erupted the last time, Darren, a friendly security official at the stadium, quipped: "They are all dormant till they erupt, just like the batsmen, till they score a century."
India would feel rather dormant as they face a buoyant New Zealand in the third One-day international in this home of the country’s rugby. But Mt Eden erupted many hundreds years ago, and India will have to erupt on Saturday if they are to stay alive in this five-match series they trail 0-2.
After coming up short in both bowling and batting, with skipper MS Dhoni opting to chase in both Napier and Hamilton, it is a tough situation to be in for the visitors. They will also encounter the first drop-in pitch in this series, and by all accounts, the Eden Park surface should play fast. That means New Zealand pacers could prove a handful once again.
Although the Indian camp was tight-lipped about any changes to the line-up, Varun Aaron wheeling his kit bag and batting in the nets late in the session suggested he could come in. His ability to bowl fast - he had undergone back surgery - makes him an obvious candidate to replace the struggling Ishant Sharma and make an India comeback after two years.
"People get the idea in their head that you are coming to New Zealand and it is going to nip around. But in the last 10 years or so, the wickets have played pretty good. The boundaries are small so it is about adapting to those as quickly as you can," he added.
New Zealand are likely to call up Hamish Bennett in place of Kyle Mills. Bennett, 26, whose action is said to put a lot of stress on his body, has not played for New Zealand since the World Cup three years ago and underwent a back surgery in 2012.
Southee felt there would be seam movement and the shorter straight boundaries would require teams to play smartly. And India would be desperate to do that.