Hamilton:Seaming balls will keep the batsmen on their toes in the morning sessions during the first India-New Zealand Test starting here on Wednesday, pitch curator Karl Jackson said here on Monday.
Jackson said the Seddon Park track would offer even bounce and remain consistent throughout the five days of the match and bowlers could look forward to some more assistance in overcast conditions.
"The first two hours will be interesting. That will assist movement. And if there is cloud cover, the ball will tend to seam any time of the day," said Jackson.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori had a close but long look at the wicket before having an animated chat with Jackson on the eve of the match.
When the media asked if Vettori had any particular concern, Jackson said, "He was generally inquiring about the Hamilton weather. Having played here before, he knows that moisture in the air would assist the ball to seam and swing." Jackson said though there was some amount of grass on the wicket, it would be a sporting wicket.