Daniel Vettori is the most mild mannered of captains and even when asked particularly leading questions he does not take the bait.
He’s not the sort to lash out at anyone or go after a player in the media.
And that is precisely why it was worth sitting up and taking notice when he said it was the prerogative of home teams to prepare surfaces that would assist them.
Whether that has happened to his satisfaction in this case remains to be seen.
All Vettori was after were pitches that would afford his quick bowlers some bounce, not the green seamers of the 2003 tour.
Karl Jackson, the curator at Seddon Park, has promised a true cricket wicket, and while Vettori didn’t disagree altogether, it was clear that he did not think batting beauties were the answer.
“I think it will be pretty flat," said Vettori, quickly adding that he wasn’t the best great reader of pitches. “There is a little bit of live grass on it but generally, it is a pretty good deck here.”
“Bounce is something thing we can deal with a little bit better, and our bowlers would utilise that. That’s what we had at Eden Park and that played to our advantage.”
“The flat wickets are definitely an advantage to India, that’s not something we would really want to play on. I don’t think we are about doctoring wickets,” Vettori clarified.
“We just want to push the wickets that we think we can play the best in. It’s something with a little bit of pace. This might turn out to be a bit better than we think but to me, it’s going to be a good batting wicket.
“Maybe a difficult hour, but it will be a very good batting wicket as the game goes on."
Vettori also made it clear that it was not grassy pitches that he was after. “It’s not necessarily grass,” he said.
“When you go to India, you don’t expect green seamers, as when you come to New Zealand, you don’t expect flat, dry wickets.
We just want something that’s fair but has a little bit of pace in it."