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Santner confident ahead of second Test

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/11/2016

Black Caps all rounder Mitchell Santner has few fears as he braces to face Pakistan's pace attack, despite having just returned from a fractured wrist in time for the second Test in Hamilton.

The left arm spinner missed the first Test after he was hit during a net session on his right hand by Northern Districts team-mate Scott Kuggeleijn earlier this month.

After some careful rehab, Santner now feels he's ready to go.

"I've been able to bowl as I only had the cast on for a week, and once that came off I was straight back into batting so I've had some time in the nets and I'm feeling pretty good," he said.

Santner has had a bad run with injuries recently after breaking his finger in May playing domestically in England, and his thumb last year while fielding in Christchurch.

However the 24-year-old's confidence has not been diminished despite the multiple setbacks to his career.

"It's never a good time to get injured and I'm just fortunate this time I had a speedy recovery and only missed one game.

"I guess there is always a little bit of doubt in training but once you have a couple of hits with the bat and realise you can get through it, you're good to go," he said.

Santner has played 10 Tests since making his debut against Australia in Adelaide almost exactly a year ago.

He has accumulated 305 runs at a respectable average of 23.46, and taken 25 wickets at an average of 38.48.

Santner is expecting a tough time from Pakistan when he gets his chance to bat on his home ground of Seddon Park.

"It's international cricket - you have to be both strong physically and mentally. They're world class bowlers so you just have to get through whatever they produce.

"I just try and keep it simple no matter what when I'm batting: get through the first 20 balls, and try and cash in from there," Santner said.

The second and final Test begins in Hamilton on Friday.

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