New Zealand news August 27, 2010

Knee surgery forces Oram out of Champions League

Cricinfo staff

The allrounder Jacob Oram will have knee surgery next week that will rule him out of the Champions League Twenty20 in another painful chapter to a career plagued by injury. Scans showed damage to Oram's patella tendon and he is now hoping to return for Pakistan's visit in December. He has been replaced by the 18-year old allrounder Ben Wheeler, who played in the Under-19 World Cup this year.

It continues a tough year for Oram, who forfeited his IPL fee when he suffered a torn patella during the one-day series with Australia in March. He made it back for the World Twenty20 but continued to feel pain and aggravated the problem again during a squad camp in Australia last month.

New Zealand's team management hoped Oram would be able to get through the one-day tour of Sri Lanka but he was sent home this week. The surgery also hurts Central Districts, who have already lost Ross Taylor to Bangalore for the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa starting on September 10.

"While I'm gutted to miss the Champions League with the Stags I'm thankful the medical specialist has found the problem now so we can get the right plans in place to get it right," Oram, 32, said. "I've been told that I should be realistically targeting the Pakistan homes series at the end of the year, but who knows, if surgery and rehab goes well I may be available for selection before the Indian tour in November."

Oram described in April how his injury list had been "hellishly frustrating", and that every new problem "eroded the energy of my psyche". Despite the latest setback, he still wants to continue on until next year's World Cup.

"It's frustrating more than anything but I've been through this before," he said. "I'm confident I can return injury free following a course of rehabilitation."

His replacement, Wheeler, has played only two first-class games, and is yet to make his Twenty20 debut for Central Districts.

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  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Oram is well past it now. He has been picked on reputation alone for the last 2 seasons. His lack of batting form and average bowling is now costing the side. He was a great player 2 years ago, but he has done absolutely nothing to deserve a place now. Gareth Hopkins is another shocking selection in the team, why is that man even near the starting 11? His batting is just plain bad most the times, and his keeping is just not international calibre. This selection panel needs to stop picking on previous form. At least after the world cup retirements will come. One can only hope Oram isn't in it.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Really feel sorry for Jake. He could have offered so much, why does he have to get injured all time??

  • Amahl on August 27, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    A pity although in the last IPL season he was barely used by CSK and, if all their other players are fit and raring to go, I don't feel he would have made the first XI for the CL either. If CSK have any problem, it is that they seem to buy players for considerable amounts who are established as injury prone (eg, Flintoff and Oram).

  • Kristian on August 27, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    FFS just hurry up and retire, your a waste of space. I cant believe NZC offered him another contract.

  • michael on August 27, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    this guy is the biggest pansy i have ever seen...He gets injured just standing still...a mockery of the professional sportman era

  • Freeza on August 27, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    oram why dont you just retire and play ipl thats all you really want same with mr mccullum

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