To get my maiden Test century ‘this early is satisfying’, says Corey Anderson

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“I want to put my hand up and be that all-rounder in that squad”

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, who registered his maiden Test century against Bangladesh today, has admitted that it was “satisfying” to have scored it in only his second Test match.

Anderson is now hoping to build on his maiden century and cement his spot in New Zealand’s Test team.

“It took me a lot longer in first-class cricket,” Anderson said. “But I guess I have learned my trade. To get it this early is satisfying, and obviously a good feeling to score a hundred for your country. I still had a little bit of luck today, a few edges and misfields. To have it this early on, it has put me in a good head space. It feels like you belong, but I can’t get too ahead of myself.”

Despite struggling early into his innings, Anderson bounced back and conceded that scoring runs became much easier.

“They bowled well, so Kane [Williamson] had to adjust and soak up the pressure,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t feeling that I was stuck. I thought the runs will come after a little while. Once you started playing a few shots, the field started moving around. It felt like we were going on top as the day went on. It’s good to have a position where we have ended up.”

Anderson, who put together a 140-run partnership with Williamson, stated that it was “nice batting with” his Northern Districts team-mate.

“We are in Northern Districts together, so it was nice batting with someone with whom I bat often,” Anderson said. “He’s a good player; he helps you through every over. He told me what I needed to do. I am someone who gets carried away when I am hitting the ball. He knows me well enough to mention a couple of things, and rein me back in.”

The 22-year-old attributed his success to his recent tour of India with the New Zealand A squad.

“Having a warm-up in India was perfect,” he said. “It was very hot in Vizag when I got that hundred. Even though it was humid here, it wasn’t quite as hot. It held me in good stead that I went through a decent amount of time.”

So what’s next for the young all-rounder?

The answer, according to him, is to become the next Chris Cairns, who was his idol as a child.

“Chris Cairns was always my idol as I was growing up,” he said. “I based my game around him. I always wanted to be Chris Cairns when I played in the backyard. It was postponed for a long time with my injuries, but now my body has started to mature. I want to put my hand up and be that all-rounder in that squad. If I can get runs and take wickets where I can, I will be happy.”

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