The Kiwi allrounder doesn\'t think a three-month absence from international cricket will affect his team\'s chances.
Lauderhill, Florida: A three-month break from international cricket should not effect New Zealand’s chances of beating West Indies in the two-match Twenty20 series in Florida, believes the allrounder Jacob Oram. New Zealand have not played a series since the end of March, when their home series versus South Africa came to an end, but Oram was confident he and his team-mates were in top shape.
''Everyone should be fresh and fit after three months of just gym work, running the roads and bowling indoors,'' he was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. ''The key now is turning that fitness into match performances and I think that's always the hard thing.''
New Zealand play West Indies on Saturday and Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park ground in Lauderhill, Florida and will have three days of training at the venue. Prior to arriving in the USA, New Zealand’s bowling unit had spent a week in Brisbane practicing. Oram, however, felt that the best option was to get used to the conditions in Lauderhill where the pitches are expected to be slow.
''You can't beat actually getting to where you're going to play,” he said. ''The next three days are vital to our performance looking to the weekend.''
Following this coming weekend’s series, the two teams travel to the Caribbean for a full series starting July 5.