[caption id="attachment_791307" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-791307" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/James-Neesham.jpg" alt="James Neesham" width="628" height="355" /> James Neesham (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jimmy-neesham/">James Neesham</a> marked a successful return to international cricket against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> having not played for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/">New Zealand</a> for 18 months. In the recently concluded three-ODI series against Sri Lanka which the hosts won 3-0, Neesham was in blazing form with the bat scoring 47*, 64 and 12* in the three innings apart from picking up six wickets as well. <p></p> <p></p>He was though ruled out of a one-off T20I against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring strain. <p></p> <p></p>Neesham credits his form to a change in mindset, not getting nervous before a game and playing freely without any feeling any burden on his shoulders. I wasn t nervous at all before the Sri Lanka series. Neesham told Radio NZ. "In the past, I ve been quite self-critical and anxious before games. I acted like the world was on my shoulders. It s a clich to say relax go out and have fun, but I genuinely didn t really mind if I got runs or wickets. <p></p> <p></p>The 28-year-old is proud of the work he has done during his time away from international cricket but admits he was under no illusion of a return. <p></p> <p></p> Anyone who spends 18 months out of a team and comes back and says I always believed I d make it back is either a liar or an idiot. I m pretty proud of the last 18 months being able to get back up, dust myself off make it back for a pretty successful comeback against Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p> I m proud of just doing the work. I made a bit of a pact with myself that no matter how I was feeling on a day, it didn t matter if I hated it or if I was done or whatever just do the work and get it done and get out of here. <p></p> <p></p>Neesham has scored 934 runs and taken 40 wickets in 44 ODIs and will be aiming to continue the positive start in the World Cup year. I ve been a good player and trainer when I feel like it, but not at other times when under the weather or not really feeling it. There s certainly been a bit of a change over the past year or so, he said.