We were excited about last summer's cricket tour by the English, possibly more because of the atmosphere at the games with the influx of English supporters than the onfield prospects. However we are excited about the Indian tour for cricket reasons alone.
The Indians have shown their respect for New Zealand cricket by bring a full-strength side, chock-full of cricketing superstars - Sehwag, Gambhier, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman Dhoni, Yuraj Singh, Habarjan Singh - all world-class players. A feast of cricket awaits us over the next six weeks or so, beginning with the 20/20 match in Christchurch this evening.
And although Mrs Inventory and I have worked this week's schedule around going to the match in Wellington on Friday night, it is the three test matches that we are really looking forward to. Test match cricket is REAL cricket. And Keeping Stock reckons that the Black Caps, if they have a good run with injuries, will surprise. They'll have taken some confidence from their performances in Australia, and we don't believe that they will lay down for the Indians, especially if the autumnal conditions favour swing and seam bowling. And bear this in mind - for all their talent, the Indians haven't won a test series here since 1968. A fascinating series awaits.
Three words sum up our sense of anticipation of this series - bring it on!