Monday 13 October 2008 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Jacob Oram

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week for his starring performances against Bangladesh.

Two half-centuries and vital contributions with the ball have almost single-handedly kept New Zealand in the series.

Despite Oram hitting 57 from 89 balls having come to the crease with his side in trouble on 65 for five, Bangladesh won the first match by seven wickets.

Oram bowled an economical spell conceding 11 runs from five overs.

The second match again saw Oram at the crease with his side in need of a big innings and he delivered, smashing 75 not out from 62 balls with five fours and four sixes.

This time, it set up a winning total as in the face of New Zealand's 212 for nine, Bangladesh were bowled out for 137 with Oram picking up the wickets of Mohammad Ashraful and Abdur Razzak.

Other contenders for this week's award included Bangladesh's Junaid Siddique, India's Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, and Australia's Mike Hussey.

The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.

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