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Oram cleared for World Cup despite ankle pain

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February 5, 2011

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Jacob Oram dealt some crucial blows, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20,Group B, Providence, April 30, 2010
Jacob Oram has inflammation around the ankle joint, but no tear or break © AFP
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New Zealand allrounder Jacob Oram, who missed the final one-dayer against Pakistan after injuring his ankle while warming up for the game, has been cleared for the World Cup. Oram was relieved to get the go-ahead following an MRI scan, x-ray and independent medical assessment.

"I developed ankle pain and although it didn't feel serious I wasn't able to bowl without discomfort," Oram said. "The medical staff got the necessary assessment done and I was sweating on the results but pleased when the doctor let me know that I was fit to travel with the team to the World Cup. I have inflammation around the joint so not a significant tear or break.

"I've worked hard over the last six months to get fully fit so it is extremely disappointing to pick up another niggle. However I am confident it isn't too serious and am determined to do everything I can to be fully fit for the first match."

New Zealand Cricket medical staff will continually assess and treat the ankle while Oram is in India. He is expected to be available for selection for the warm-up match against Ireland on February 12. New Zealand play another practice game, against India on the 16th, before kicking off their tournament against Kenya on the 20th.

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Comments: 5 
Posted by zn264 on (February 7, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Who really knows with Oram, as Mikey has already posted, we probably won't need him anyway...but his presence in the camp will be good for the team. We do need these experienced players around even if they're not in top form for a competition like this. You never know with Jacob, or NZ for that matter, he might just do the business! Good luck to the Black Caps, our second warm up game against India is going to be a great spectacle.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

People are kidding themselves if they think Oram is still an all rounder. These days he is a specialist medium pacer who will go for 4 rpo and take 0 to 1 wicket per match.

Southee is a more convincing all rounder than Oram, not to mention that Mills can smash the cover off the ball more consistently than Oram.

Not worth a spot in the team if Styris, Ryder and Franklin are fit to bowl.

Posted by thehowlingfantod on (February 6, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

I was unsure of Oram, but I actually would have him in the team. He's actually bowling really well and as far as his batting goes: He's come in twice needing to mash immediately and twice he's actaully peeled off a convincing boundary or two before getting out attempting more boundaries. I can actually see us getting 8 or 10 good overs out of him and him follwing up with a quick 20 or 30. I'm not 100% that Southee and Bennet will step up every reliably.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

I can't see him being in the starting 11 anyway, as the best team for us to field will be; B McCullum, Guptil, Ryder, Taylor, Styris, Franklin, Vettori, N McCullum, Mills, Southee and Bennett. Oram has showed no form what so ever with the bat and is not a strike bowler with the ball(which Styris and Ryder can cover), so I don't think he deserves a starting spot, although he seems to think he does.

Posted by stunnerbond27 on (February 6, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

Even he is not so good with the bat but his presence will make a difference. Im sure he will get back to his best with the bat. Good luck and best wishes to him. GAME ON

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