The Black Caps go in as favourites for the first cricket test against Bangladesh starting this morning.
Commentator Bryan Waddle says just about everything favours New Zealand - home conditions, recent conditions and world rankings, but that doesn't make it a lay down misere.
Rain is expected to play a role with Waddle stating the city has been buffeted all night by strong northerlies, which are due to continue through the day.
Waddle says the Black Caps need to perform with the consistency that earned them a series win over Pakistan and the authority that completed the series wins over Bangladesh.
Play starts at 11am, with drizzle turning to afternoon rain forecast.