Neesham put on stand-by for third Test

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“I’m starting to learn about my body and know when something is bad”

Uncapped Otago all-rounder James Neesham has been put on stand-by for the third Test against the West Indies in Hamilton after fellow all-rounder Corey Anderson sustained a shin injury during the second Test.

Despite Neesham having been put on stand-by, Anderson is confident that he will be fully fit in time for the third Test, which gets underway tomorrow.

“It’s more just a precaution, doing the right things,” Anderson said. “With an early finish to that second Test it made it easier. It’s been niggling away over the past week or so. It will be nice to get the results back this afternoon to see what it is but I’m still confident.”

With Anderson having succumbed to numerous injuries in his career, he has developed the ability to tell which injuries are serious and which are less so.

“I’m starting to learn about my body and know when something is bad,” he said. “I’ve had plenty of them before and they aren’t nice but this doesn’t feel like one of those.”

During the second Test in Wellington, Anderson managed to score 38 in New Zealand’s only innings, but he believes that he has to start converting his promising starts into bigger scores if he is to cement his place in the Test squad.

“I still think my job is to get runs,” Anderson said. “I’m a batting all-rounder and if I can chip in with the ball then that’s a bonus. At the moment I’ve had a couple of starts with the bat but it would be nice to kick on.”

Even though Anderson has always come in when New Zealand are in a comfortable position, he noted that he does possess the ability to bail the Black Caps out of trouble if the situation happens to arise.

“Someone would have had to fail if that’s the case which you never like, but if I have to be put in that position I’m more than happy for the challenge,” he said. “I’d go out there with the same mindset.”

Anderson added that New Zealand cannot get carried away with their first Test win of 2013 as the West Indies still have a chance of ending the ongoing Test series as a draw.

“The win at the Basin was nice, but we want to do more than that – not just get excited at wins every now and again,” Anderson said.

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