20 Sep 2016

Anderson credits Bond for his speedy return

6:18 am on 20 September 2016

All rounder Corey Anderson credits his former Black Caps bowling coach Shane Bond with his speedy return to international cricket.

Anderson has been included in the 15-man Black Caps one day team to face India next month.

Corey Anderson appeals during the 1st ODI cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Pakistan, at the Basin Reserve

Corey Anderson Photo: PhotoSport

There are a number of changes to the squad with Anton Devcich, Jimmy Neesham and BJ Watling also returning while batsman Henry Nicholls has been dropped.

Anderson will play as a specialist batsman as he continues to recuperate from the back injury which has ruled him out since February.

The left hander did the injury while he was playing in the Indian Premier League and called on Bond to give him advice given Bond's well documented troubles with back injuries.

"He's been a massive one to talk to about it and sort of keep you calm as well because you can start panicking a little bit in thinking 'am I going to be able to do this again? What if it happens again?' things like that.

"I think you've just got to stay in the moment, if it does happen again, it happens again. You deal with what you've got to deal with."

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson Photo: Photosport

While his back is at 100 per cent, Anderson said there's no time frame on when he'll be back bowling.

"When we start looking at tours or dates that you have to be back for something that's when you start panicking a little bit if something happens or a hiccup or you push the body when it doesn't need to be pushed.

"It's just basically taking it day by day and week by week. It feels great at the moment, I don't need to ramp it up for anything in the next little period of time.

"I'm obviously selected as a batter so that's my job."

Anderson admitted his return to international cricket has come sooner than he expected.

"It's great to get the call up slightly earlier than what I thought may happen but it's great.

"I played a few games in Lincoln last week and felt great. It's exciting to be back in that environment and that group."