Wellington: Jacob Oram, a veteran of 141 one-day internationals for New Zealand, has brushed off his anonymous hecklers and has offered some wry humour by way of a response.
"I like to think that that comes from a place of caring and they view me as something special and they want me to be part of the team, so their anger is a form of saying, `we want you back in the side, Jake``. I know that`s not true, they probably do think I``m soft," stuff.co.nz quoted Oram, as saying.
"I won`t lie, I hear, see and read some of that talk, but I try to steer clear of it because it does piss you off and wears you down after a while. I know my team-mates, family and friends, the people I confide in, believe in me and that`s what matters," he added.
Those team-mates gave Oram a glowing welcome back at their Wellington hotel yesterday as the chosen 15 assembled, and met their new bowling coach, Allan Donald, ahead of today`s first training under Donald and John Wright.
"There was relief and satisfaction; it was five months since the surgery and all the hours of rehab and pain were worth it. Now it`s the hard stuff, to actually perform and do well for New Zealand," Oram said.
For a man who had New Zealand fans marvelling in 2007 when he bludgeoned 101 from 72 balls against Australia in Perth, Oram`s batting is a shadow of its former self.
His frustration with his batting form is clear; he was fined 400 dollars this week for showing dissent and inappropriate language after being given out last Sunday.
Oram describes suggestions he could bat at eight for New Zealand as "generous". He knows No.9 will probably be his spot, where it`s generally swing from the hip, or bust.
"That [batting demotion] was tough to swallow when it first happened but I``d do anything to go to the World Cup. That``s my role now and I`m happy with it."