Neesham called as Anderson cover

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New Zealand have called uncapped Jimmy Neesham up as cover for all-rounder Corey Anderson ahead of the third Test against the West Indies, after Anderson picked up a shin injury.

New Zealand have called uncapped Jimmy Neesham up as cover for all-rounder Corey Anderson ahead of the third Test against the West Indies, after Anderson picked up a shin injury.

Anderson is confident of being ready to play in Hamilton as the Kiwis look to extend their one-nil lead, saying: "It's more just a precaution, doing the right things.

"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.

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

Of his own role in the side, he explained that he saw himself as more of a batsman, though he had been taking vital wickets against the Windies, adding: "I still think my job is to get runs.

"I'm a batting allrounder 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."

He added of having to rescue the side: "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. I'd go out there with the same mindset."

Anderson is confident of being ready to play in Hamilton as the Kiwis look to extend their one-nil lead, saying: "It's more just a precaution, doing the right things.

"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.

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

Of his own role in the side, he explained that he saw himself as more of a batsman, though he had been taking vital wickets against the Windies, adding: "I still think my job is to get runs.

"I'm a batting allrounder 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."

He added of having to rescue the side: "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. I'd go out there with the same mindset."

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