Australia in New Zealand 2009-10 March 4, 2010

Oram faces a month on sidelines

Cricinfo staff

The New Zealand allrounder Jacob Oram has been ruled out of action for up to a month with a patella tendon tear, meaning he will take no further part in the home ODIs against Australia and that he could miss a sizeable duration of the IPL. The Central Districts medium-pacer Michael Mason has been named as Oram's replacement in the New Zealand squad.

"Jacob Oram suffered a partial tear of the patella tendon," New Zealand team manager Dave Currie said in a statement. "It is expected that Jacob will recover in three or four weeks, however he will be out for the balance of the Australian series."

Oram, 31, sustained a knee injury during the first match in Napier. Oram's injury means he will miss a significant amount, if not the entire duration, of the upcoming IPL starting March 12. He represents the Chennai Super Kings in the league on a lucrative contract worth US$675,000 a year.

Oram suffered a variety of injuries over the past year and a half. He returned home mid-way through the tour of Bangladesh in 2008 and missed the Test series in Australia because of a back injury. A calf strain kept him out of the home Test series against West Indies and an Achilles injury cut short his participation in the one-day series that followed and the home Tests against India. He announced his retirement from Test cricket last October after the latest in that long list of injuries.

Mason, 35, has played 25 ODIs, three Twenty20s and a solitary Test for his country. New Zealand's selectors have only named a squad for the first two matches. The next match is in Auckland on Saturday.

New Zealand are also awaiting a fitness report on their captain Daniel Vettori, who missed the Napier game with a stiff neck. "He's feeling a bit more comfortable and he'll hopefully be fine tomorrow," said Currie. "He's not 100 per cent certain [to play]. The neck was a bit stiff. We're certainly hopeful and he's hopeful, but again we'll get through today and get more treatment and see how he wakes up in the morning."

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  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    i feel oram's absence from IPL 3 will not affect CSK's performance. During last IPL his contribution very low. This time with player like Justin Kemp & Albie Morkal in side hope they wil do best.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    I haven't really thought of Oram as a bowler by any stretch of imagination. If he stops bowling what is New Zealand going to lose?. A 6.5" giant bowling dibbly dobbly medium pace at around 120 K's, nothing else. Styris was given a raw deal over the past couple of years and it is time for the NZ cricket board to cement him back at No.5 where he had that wonderful world cup 07.

  • Beau on March 4, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    You gotta feel for the poor guy. Too many people give him a hard time about being 'soft', when they're just frustrated cause they want to see him play. If he'd given up bowling a year or two ago, the injuries may well have stopped. But NZ needs bowlers, so Jake mans up and delivers again and again until something snaps or twists or some bloody thing. His ongoing injuries are a damn tragedy for every cricket fan who loves watching players like Albie Morkel & Keiron Pollard.

  • Brent on March 4, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    overhyped is right. a couple of good matches and throw him up the rankings. His bowling is reasonable, nothing flash but always picks up a wicket or 2. His batting fires once every five games or am I being too generous. Styris has proved himself again to be a great finisher. Hes a direct replacement with bat and ball.

  • james on March 4, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    He is almost like a miniature Gayle. Big capacity, never seems to be applied.

  • Abhay on March 4, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Oram is an overhyped all rounder hu is more on the sidelines due to his brittle and fragile body. I think he shud retire from all formats, hopefully when ryder is back his void will be filled in.

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