Oram cleared for World Cup despite suffering ankle injury

Wellington: New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has got the go-ahead to travel to the sub-continent for the forthcoming World Cup after sustaining an injury before the final one-dayer against Pakistan.

Oram was expected to play in the final one-dayer at Eden Park but suffered an ankle injury while bowling before the match. But the all-rounder was on Sunday given the all-clear following an MRI scan, X-ray and an independent medical assessment.

“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.

“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.”

Injury has been Oram’s bane over the past few years.

He was sent home from Sri Lanka last August with a recurrence of a knee tendon injury. Following surgery he returned to the 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.”