Free of injury after fearing his career might be over, New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson is relishing the chance to get back to international cricket.
Anderson had career-saving back surgery a year ago, when he had 10 cm of titanium cable and some screws inserted into his spine to repair a fracture.
I got a taste of [the World Cup] here four years ago and it was unbelievable.Corey Anderson
The 27-year-old hasn't played for the Black Caps since last year's Champions Trophy.
He will leave with the rest of the squad on Saturday for the United Arab Emirates, where New Zealand will face Pakistan in all three formats.
Anderson says he feels ready to step back in, declaring he's in the best physical condition in several years.
His main focus will be on making the Black Caps squad for next year's World Cup, having played all nine matches for the side in the 2015 tournament where they made the final.
"I got a taste of [the World Cup] here four years ago and it was unbelievable," he said. "To try and give myself a chance to be involved in that again, that's the driving force."
Anderson says his body held up well during his T20 stint with Somerset in England.
He made 15 innings as a batsman, notching 514 runs, though he only bowled four overs.
"It's the first time I've got to the top of my mark and not had to be worried about if I was going to be sore or hurting in any different area," said Anderson.
"It's given me that little bit of love back in the game, which you tend to lose sometimes when you get bummed out with injuries.
It's nice to feel like I've got my body back and I can get stuck into it."
Anderson reported he had recently had his 12-month scan and got the all-clear on his back.
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