South Africa in New Zealand 2011-12 February 21, 2012

Injured Oram out of South Africa ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand allrounder Jacob Oram has been ruled of the remainder of the limited-overs games against South Africa due to a calf injury. Oram will miss the third and final Twenty20 in Auckland and the three ODIs.

Oram injured his left calf during the final ODI against Zimbabwe in Napier recently. New Zealand Cricket physiotherapist Paul Close said, although it was a relatively minor calf injury, the congested nature of the series meant that Oram didn't have sufficient recovery time.

"It's hugely disappointing to miss playing against South Africa. I felt pretty good in the matches against Zimbabwe and was looking forward to the series," Oram said. "I hate missing matches for New Zealand but I'm confident I can return to cricket injury-free following a course of rehabilitation. I hope to be back playing in about a fortnight."

Oram, who retired from Tests in 2009, will target the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour in June for a comeback.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • Tso on February 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @ jplterrors I nearly fell of my chair with laughter when you said 3 best allrounders the world has seen, Vettori, Cairns and Oram. I'm sure the LEGEND Kallis must be wondering which games of cricket have you been watching. Just look at Kallis' numbers and compare them with the mediocre numbers of your so-called-best-allrounders for answers.

  • Rahul on February 22, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    It would have been a surprise if he could have managed a game without falling apart!

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @Mike O'Brien: Two words - Jacques Kallis. Seriously not a surprise re Oram - Next: expecting Ryder to break a cuticle now and be out for two weeks.

  • Ryan on February 22, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @jplterrors - three of the best all rounders is a bit of a stretch. I'm a pretty keen NZ supporter but I struggle to agree with that statement. There were four guys in the eighties that would probably have a thing or two to say about that comment also. As for Oram always getting injured he never bowled as a youngster, he was a middle order batsman who hit the ball a long way. To increase his chances at test level he became a bowling all rounder but I don't think his body could ever really cope. Ironically his father is a physio, is a regularly injured international cricketer son good or bad for business?

  • josh on February 21, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Its a shame that of the 3 best allrounders the world has seen, Vettori, Cairns and Oram. 2 of them were injured more often then not, at least Vettori is rite for the tests.

  • Angry on February 21, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    ugh. Watson played 24 out of 25 Tests and 68 out of 74 ODIs from his recall as an opener until his injury last year. He was practically bullet proof for 3 years but obviously the years 2005-2007 were the ones that mattered.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Is this guy never NOT injured...?

  • Freeza on February 21, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Hmmm I wonder whether its just a concidence he gets these muscle strains as soon as the tough matches come up. Seemed to be perfectly fine against the all mighty Zimbabwe.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @JustOUT - they're each seam bowling all-rounders too. Is the modern game too much for allrounders to handle? Remember poor Chris Cairns - missed more test matches than he played

  • JustOUT on February 21, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Watson, Oram, Ryder... are guys that will surprise us by playing the entire series. Injury is their routine nature.

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