Corey Anderson, who has been plagued with injuries over the last few years, missing out on plenty of Cricket matches, both in International and domestic level, has returned to the game after a while, making his CPL debut for the Barbados Tridents after Marcus Stoinis pulled out of the tournament.
Anderson, whose deal with Somerset for this year was cancelled, also paving the way for his CPL debut, had told ESPNCricinfo, “It’s probably a combination of stuff that’s making it exciting to be back in the Caribbean. Hopefully now I get to make my [CPL] debut here for Barbados.
“Somerset is such a great county to play for, so to miss out on that is obviously disappointing, but to be able to have cricket and getting back to a slightly more unusual routine, it’s a lot more enjoyable.”
Coming off a shoulder surgery, Anderson only played as a specialist batsman for Auckland in last season’s Super Smash and hasn’t bowled in T20 cricket since February 2019. He is confident, though, of returning to bowling this CPL and fulfilling the two-in-one role in the Super Smash later this year as well.
“Hopefully things start potentially easing up in the world with COVID,” said Anderson. “Time will tell on that, but in regards to what that four or five months look like, the CPL is a great platform leading into the home summer.
“I think playing as a batter is an ability that I have in a T20 game, and it makes the balance of the side a lot easier if I’m bowling. So, yeah, to be able to do that and come back and start bowling again is great. It makes me feel like I’m a complete player.
“How much I’ll be called upon to do that job [bowling] is probably in question. I’m not too sure. Have to see what Jason (Holder, the captain) and Trevor (Penney, the assistant coach) have got up their sleeves for that. But I’m happy to do any form of job, and hopefully if the weather holds up next week, I can get back on the grass again.”
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Anderson is cautious about looking too far ahead, especially to the 2021 T20 World Cup. He said, “I’m probably someone that needs to stay in the now a little bit more. Sometimes, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself in cricket. It can be taken away from you very, very quickly. It’s going to be very clichéd: one game at a time and one competition at a time and figure out where the process goes after that. Then, hopefully, the results and performances can speak for themselves.”
“I’ve probably learnt the hard way sometimes. I’ve had injuries since I was young, and that kind of has plagued me throughout my career. There has also been the positive side of it – being injured and being out of the game actually gives you the ability to reassess what you’re doing outside of cricket. It’s very easy to get tunnel vision when you’re travelling and playing and touring all around the world.”