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“We spent a lot of time on our feet, so it’s been great to have a longer break than usual, and get back into training feeling refreshed and revitalised”
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has been pleased with the extended break the Black Caps have received after drawing their first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
However, Anderson stated that he was ready to get back to business as usual on Monday, when the second Test begins in Mirpur.
The Black Caps were given an extended break due to the Eid al-Adha festival.
“I think the break’s done us well,” Anderson told blackcaps.co.nz. “It was tough, that first Test, my first one. We spent a lot of time on our feet, so it’s been great to have a longer break than usual, and get back into training feeling refreshed and revitalised.”
Anderson is also hoping to take the lessons he learnt during the first Test and implement them in the second Test.
“It was a lot higher intensity than I was used to – when I came out, the crowd was going, and it’s a lot different to four day matches, but yeah, I loved it,” he said. “It’s under my belt now, and I’m looking forward to the next one.
“We would’ve liked to have won the first one, and while our declaration gave us a chance, we’ve got things to work on for the next one, and hopefully we go about it the right way and come out firing.”
The 22-year-old added that the conditions in Bangladesh “are nothing like what we have in New Zealand”.
“The conditions we’re faced with are nothing like what we have in New Zealand, but we’ve had good warm ups, and some of us have been away with New Zealand A in Sri Lanka and India, so we’re all been over here long enough that we know what to do,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan stated that he is determined to end the series on a high.
“We are looking to win the series,” he said. “We have a major opportunity, so we have every reason to give it our best.
“When I started six years ago, our goal was to play five days. Then it was to draw Test matches. Now we go out to win. We have been progressing as a team all along.
“Everything takes time. This team has been playing together for quite some time, so we have more confidence.”