Thursday 22 November 2007 

Jacob Oram And Chris Martin Ruled Out Of Twenty20

Jacob Oram and Chris Martin will play no part in the Twenty20 International between New Zealand and South Africa in Johannesburg, captain Daniel Vettori revealed in a news conference.

Already missing Shane Bond and Craig Cumming through injury, Oram strained a hamstring in the second Test while Martin is suffering with a stomach virus.

"The one-day internationals are the most important games ahead, so hopefully Jacob will be able to play in those," Vettori said.

After the Kiwis were hammered 2-0 in the Test series, recording defeats of 358 runs and an innings and 59, Vettori believes the shorter forms of the game offer his side a chance to hit back.

"It's a chance for us to redeem ourselves," he added. "We've taken solace in the fact that we've been pretty good operators in twenty20 and one-day cricket over the last few years.

"The guys know their one-day games pretty well and the fact we had the recent Twenty20 World Cup here, where we made the semis and South Africa did not, and the guys got a good feel for the pitches will be of assistance to us as well," Vettori said.

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