Corey Anderson will hope to put his explosive hitting to good use in the T20I series © Getty Images
Corey Anderson will hope to put his explosive hitting to good use in the T20I series © Getty Images

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has been on the sidelines of international cricket over the past eight months owing to an injury he picked up during New Zealand’s Test series in England. However, he’s beaming at the prospect of making an international return in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka. Anderson will play the series as a specialist batsman as the management do not want to strain his freshly recovered body. Anderson is looking forward to being able to bowl soon but is happy to do the batsman’s role while he’s still vulnerable.

”Watching the guys on the couch has been pretty tough at times so it’s nice to be back in the environment,” Anderson said according to nzherald.co.nz. Anderson said he had enjoyed his time playing with his domestic team Northern Districts and was happy to get a few runs under his belt going into international cricket.

”It’s been nice to contribute for Norther Districts and get some time in the middle,” Anderson said. ”Being a sole batter there, with no bowling loads, means I’ve got to get runs. That’s always nice to go back to the domestic scene and prove a point and come into this series with a bit of form,” he added.

Used to the vigorous training sessions focusing on both batting and bowling extensively, Anderson feels the step down to working out as a batsman only feels a bit lazy. ”Trainings feel a bit lazy, batting then having to park up. I’ve missed the bowling and I’m looking forward to getting back into it,” said Anderson.