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Zeeshan
October 12, 2009, 10:41 PM
Tora shob joyodhoni kor!
Tora shob joyodhoni kor!

:fire:

Oram retires from Test cricket

Cricinfo staff

October 13, 2009

Jacob Oram has played his last Test match © Getty Images

Jacob Oram has announced his retirement from Test cricket but will continue to play one-day and Twenty20 matches for New Zealand. Oram cited his ongoing injury problems as the reason behind his decision and he hoped that by cutting back his workload he would be able to extend his international career.

Oram, 31, recently returned home from the Champions Trophy in South Africa with a hamstring problem, the latest in a long and wide-ranging list of injuries. His troubles have included back and foot worries and have limited him to 33 Test appearances over a seven-year career.

He had spoken in the past of the options available to him to prolong his career and he said his preference was to give up Tests rather than abandon bowling. Oram has now done just that, following the lead of another injury-prone allrounder Andrew Flintoff.

"The last few years have shown that my body cannot handle the strains and stresses that come with being an allrounder, playing all three formats for up to ten months a year," Oram said. "For the sake of longevity I have had to make a decision that will decrease my workload, so I can concentrate all my efforts on the shorter forms of the game.

"The decision to choose limited-overs cricket over Test cricket has a lot to do with playing opportunities. The Black Caps play a lot more limited-overs cricket than Tests, and there's also the opportunity to continue playing in world events such as the World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy, as well as the IPL."

Another factor was the impending arrival of Oram's first child, due next month, which will give him extra incentive to spend plenty of time at home. Oram will remain on a New Zealand Cricket central contract and has his sights set firmly on the 2011 World Cup, although he said that ideally he would like to play for a couple of seasons beyond that.

On the Test scene, Oram scored 1780 runs at 36.32 and collected 60 wickets at 33.05. A powerful and clean striker of the ball, Oram struck five Test centuries, remarkably each time in the first Test of a series, and his highest score of 133 came in a crushing loss to South Africa in Centurion in April 2006.

It was an innings that Oram described as both his best and his worst. "You know you're not looking as good as you would like," he said at the time, "and your feet aren't moving as well as you would like, and you're not hitting the ball where you would like. But 133 is damn satisfying."

Oram struggled to have as much impact with the ball and his peak came early in his career when he collected 4 for 41 against India in Hamilton in his second Test. It was as close as he ever got to a five-wicket haul and in his last five Tests he managed only one wicket.

Oram did enjoy spending some time in the top five of the ICC's allrounder ranking list last year and he considered his bowling such a key part of his game that he was unwilling to give it up. He said he had attempted to delay as long as possible a decision about his future career.

"However in light of my latest injury at the Champions Trophy it has became clear to me that now is the time to sacrifice something to try and stay in the game longer," Oram said. "I have really enjoyed my Test career and I leave that format with many fond memories. I would be lying if I said I had no regrets, however these feelings were not powerful enough to make me reconsider this decision."

Justin Vaughan, the chief executive of New Zealand Cricket, said he understood Oram's decision. "Jacob has made a tremendous contribution to our Test team over the past seven seasons, and his experience will be missed," Vaughan said. "But we fully understand the difficulties he's faced with injuries and we hope this decision will help him prolong his playing career with the Black Caps."

Cricinfo (http://www.cricinfo.com/newzealand/content/current/story/429343.html)

Ashraf-FTP
October 12, 2009, 10:48 PM
i hoped he would play for a bit longer.. i loved his game.. i will miss ya..

Zeeshan
October 12, 2009, 10:50 PM
My plan is hatching.

I say launch "Operation Blackbeard". First we deal with Jayasuriya. Print and spread propaganda leaflets of Jaya getting run out by Sakib. Subliminally encode it in "Eagle Eye" DVD over and over again and give it to the nearest Blockbuster that Jaya goes to. After he watches it, he will have emotional breakdown.

Next....

J.D.P. Oram. Inject growth hormone so that he starts growing like beanstalk that will perpetually chatai him from playing in the team and cause him to take up basketball after having some NBA team approach him with a lucrative offer.

Afridi's Achilles heel are cheerleaders. He complained about them in IPL so all we gotta do is come up with botox injected, disproportionate buxom ladies that will torment and torture his poor soul raisingm questions about his religious affinity and fidelity.

Flintoff did Kingfisher commercials so we know what his weakness is. Thus exploit and capitlize on it by getting him totally boozed and brainwashing him to forget that he's even in the list.

Shoib Malik will fall into trap right after Afridi. Then we have Collingwood? Who you say? Precisely. A man of such an unknown status cannot climb up the chart. Kallis is getting old, so we won't have to worry about him.

Next Gayle and Yuvraj. Hack into Yuvraj's myspace account and start flaming at Gayle boasting about his Six 6s and go to Gayle's facebook account and come up with responses. These two will cancel each other out.

Mission accomplished. :-X

http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showpost.php?p=821589&postcount=6

Imteaz
October 13, 2009, 12:07 AM
Good Luck.

One World
October 13, 2009, 08:06 AM
Reading the thread title I thought something similar was dug out like the scandals of Warne.
While it should sound pleasing in the context of the thread openers' initial post zealot it sounded more an azure and obnoxious out of the field scene that to be despised.

Zeeshan
October 13, 2009, 03:26 PM
Reading the thread title I thought something similar was dug out like the scandals of Warne.
While it should sound pleasing in the context of the thread openers' initial post zealot it sounded more an azure and obnoxious out of the field scene that to be despised.

Or...partly per bend sinister.

revolver
October 13, 2009, 03:29 PM
ohmy days man every1 is retiring