Sat on his roller, Rupert Bool takes a break from compressing his cherished cricket pitch.
The South African team, including some of the world's best players - AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn - are flinging themselves through some absorbing fielding drills.
"It's pretty special having the best seat in the house and there's no one else here," said the head groundsman of Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
It's a perk of the job during a rare quiet moment.
The eyes of the world - literally, with an expected TV audience of 2.2 billion - will watch Saturday's opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between co-hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka at his precious park.
Mr Bool, 32, is well aware of the pressures involved in producing a picture-perfect pitch and pristine carpet-like outfield for such an important international sporting event.
"It's pretty daunting, but it gives me extra motivation to cut the outfield that one more time and go that extra mile. It'll be very special."
It's been a busy few years for Mr Bool.
After an apprenticeship at New Zealand Cricket's Lincoln base, and then as second-in-charge at Hamilton's Seddon Park, he took the Hagley top job after the devastating earthquakes in 2011.
The city's famous old ground, Lancaster Park was still bubbling with liquefaction and surrounded by cracked and creaking grandstands, when he was tasked with transforming Hagley - where cricket had played since early settler days - into an international ground.
"We dug it up and started from scratch," Mr Bool said.
Around $1 million was spent on a new pitch block - half comprising Kakanui and half Waikari soils - and "bird proof" outfield, which has a fungi that makes birds feel ill and keeps them off the grass.
Cricket observers and players are now surprised at just how pacy and bouncy the new pitches are.
The big examination came on Boxing Day last year when it hosted the city's first test match in eight years, with the Black Caps playing Sri Lanka.
"It was pretty stressful in the days leading up to that," Mr Bool admits.
"But when [Brendon] McCullum scored 195 on the first day - an innings so awesome and one that I will never forget - it made my day. I went home with a smile on my face."
Groundsmen have not been given specific directions on how to prepare their pitches for the tournament.
ICC chief executive, David Richardson yesterday (Wed.) said the preference was for pitches that "generally favour" batsmen.
With the world cup opener just two days away, Mr Bool is confident he's got the mix right.
"It'll be out of my hands once the first ball is bowled and I can just sit back and watch it all and get paid for it."