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Oram cleared to travel to World Cup

Reuters
Feb 06, 2011 at 03:52pm IST

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Auckland: New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been cleared to travel to the World Cup after sustaining an injury before the team's one-day match against Pakistan on Saturday.

Oram had been expected to play at Eden Park but suffered ankle and foot pain bowling before the game. He underwent scans and an examination and was given the all-clear, New Zealand Cricket said on Sunday.

"I developed ankle pain and although it didn't feel serious, I wasn't able to bowl without discomfort," Oram said in a NZC statement.

Oram cleared to travel to World Cup

Jacob Oram had complained of foot pain before the 6th ODI against Pakistan.

"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."

Oram has had a terrible run of injuries in the past few years and was sent home from the team's tour of Sri Lanka last August with a recurrence of a knee tendon injury that required surgery.

He returned to the New Zealand side for the one-day series against Pakistan.

"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."

Oram is expected to be fit for New Zealand's first warmup game against Ireland in Nagpur on February 12.

Daniel Vettori's side have been drawn in Group A for the February 19-April 2 World Cup with champions Australia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

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