As a statement of intent by new Kiwi test skipper Brendon McCullum, it was either bold or foolish.
But after the first hour of the first cricket test against South Africa, McCullum may well have been seen heading for the dressing room toilets making retching noises after he chose to bat first at Newlands.
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South Africa have shut the door on New Zealand in their first Test at Newlands in Cape Town, dismissing the Black Caps for 45 before finishing the day 3 for 252.
New Zealand have embarked on some batting collapses but this was one of their best: 45 all out off 19.2 overs as master seamer Vernon Philander (5-7) had the ball on a string. In brilliant sunshine, a big Cape Town crowd witnessed a modern day cricketing massacre, before their cucumber sandwiches was unwrapped.
It was New Zealand's third-lowest test total and almost mirrored Australia's 47 on the same ground 14 months previous.
Kane Williamson's 13, including one delightful cover drive, was the only double figure score.
Funny things often happen at Newlands and the pitch had a tinge of green. But under clear skies, with a gentle breeze, it appeared good batting conditions.
In his black blazer at the toss for the first time, McCullum called correctly alongside Graeme Smith and confidently said "we'll bat". Batting was the loosest possible term for what we then witnessed.
Philander had the ball seaming both ways, not prodigiously but enough to make the touring batsmen look clueless as they stood, anchored and creasebound. And there was some handy backup in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel lurking to feast on the scraps.
A day earlier, McCullum raised his eyebrows and tried to look deadpan when told Philander was passed fit after hamstring troubles. In truth he could have kicked the table, such is the hold the Cape Town local has on the New Zealand batsmen.
In the March series in New Zealand Philander took 21 wickets at 15.47.
Last night, just bowling at a touch over 130kmh, he took the first five wickets to fall as the tourists lurched to 27-5. His figures after his opening spell: 6-3-7-5.
Martin Guptill was creasebound and touched an edge, then McCullum was skittled through the gate to one that nipped back. Williamson was trapped in front and appealed to the decision review system, fruitlessly, then the recalled Brownlie and BJ Watling were nicked out without scoring.
James Franklin played the worst shot, a waft at Morkel with no feet movement and it was 28-6. At least they'd beaten their lowest test total, 26. Small mercies for this team.
The reassuring sight of Ross Taylor striding out to bat at four was also missing, with the sacked skipper back at his Hamilton home, having opted out of the tour after his abysmal treatment by New Zealand management. In hindsight for Taylor it's a good one to miss.
Then fearsome fast bowler Steyn, who'd been too wide in his first spell, returned with a brute of an outswinger to send Doug Bracewell's off stump cartwheeling.
It was Steyn's 300th wicket in his 61st test as he drew level with Richard Hadlee and West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall in third place on the all-time list of fastest to 300 wickets. Dennis Lillee (56 tests) and Muttiah Muralidharan (58) were the only ones quicker to the milestone.