Just 17 days since he wowed the cricketing world, Corey Anderson is fatigued and in need of a break, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says.
The powerful allrounder, who began the New Year with a world record 36-ball century against West Indies in Queenstown, has gone off the boil since.
Anderson's last three completed innings were 29, nought and six, while in the Hamilton runfest he took 1-77 off 10 overs and in Wednesday's Twenty20 finale in Wellington conceded 50 off four overs.
It hasn't gone unnoticed by Hesson, whose faith in Anderson was rewarded when he scored a century at his third test innings, in Bangladesh in October. The 23-year-old was something of a golden arm with the ball in the West Indies test series then made world headlines with his unbeaten 131 off 47 balls in the third ODI, including 14 sixes.
"Corey's played a lot more cricket in the last couple of months than he has during his whole career. He's strung a lot of games together and being an allrounder it's tough on the body," Hesson said.
"We have to look to manage Corey as well as we can. He's definitely a little bit fatigued and these next couple of days will be a good break for him. He's excited about India, as everyone is, but there might be a time in the series where he doesn't play and that's a just a matter of managing his loads."
Either Anderson or fellow allrounder Jimmy Neesham will likely miss out for Sunday's ODI series opener in Napier and it may be an ideal time to give Anderson a freshen-up.
Hesson refused to release Anderson and Tim Southee for Northern Districts in tonight's T20 playoff against Canterbury, citing heavy recent workloads. Batsman Kane Williamson will play for the Knights, then join the side in Napier tomorrow.
Cricketing fortunes don't take long to fluctuate. While Anderson is enduring a rough patch, gloveman Luke Ronchi is on the upward swing after back-to-back man of the match awards in New Zealand's 2-0 T20 series win.
Hesson wasn't surprised by Ronchi's renaissance, saying it should quieten those who were questioning his spot in the team during the ODI series.
"He's been hitting the ball extremely well in the nets for a few weeks, probably a couple of months. He's just needed a bit of luck. He's hit one out of the fat to deep square leg and trod on his stumps. For him to play the way he did, we were all expecting it," Hesson said.
- Fairfax Media
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