Corey Anderson confident of being fit for test

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 15:58 17/12/2013
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Black Caps allrounder Corey Anderson is confident of moving from the injury list to the starting XI by Thursday.

Anderson was having scans today on a lower leg injury ahead of the third test against the West Indies at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

However, the hard-hitting left-hander was highly optimistic he would receive good news and be cleared to play as New Zealand strove to win the the three-test series.

''I'm pretty confident of being okay to play,'' Anderson said.

''It's been niggling away at me for the past week and a half so it would be nice to get the results and see what it is.''

The national side have brought in Otago Volts allrounder Jimmy Neesham as cover for Anderson should he be ruled out of the test, which sees New Zealand only needing to avoid defeat to win the series after hammering the visitors within three days in Wellington last week.

Anderson has a history of injury problems which hindered his initial development after making his debut as a 16-year-old for Canterbury in 1997.

But he didn't expect the latest problem to be serious.

''I'm starting to know my own body pretty well now, and I know when things feel bad,'' Anderson said.

Anderson took three wickets with his left-arm seamers against the Windies in the innings and 73-run win in Wellington but felt his key duty for the side was as a No 6 batsman.

''I still think my job is to get runs, what I do with the ball is a bonus.

''But the beauty of being an allrounder is that if you don't do anything with the bat you can still contribute with the ball.''

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