New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been cleared to travel to India ahead of the 2011 ICC World Cup despite missing the final One-Day International against Pakistan with an ankle injury.
Oram picked up the injury during the warm-up for the match, which New Zealand went on to win by 57 runs in their final One-Day International before the World Cup.
Following an MRI scan and an x-ray, he has been given the all-clear and is set to leave for India along with the rest of the squad on 8th February.
“I developed ankle pain and although it didn’t feel serious I wasn’t able to bowl without discomfort," Oram told New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) official website (www.blackcaps.co.nz).
“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.
“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.”
Oram, a key player for New Zealand, has played 145 ODIs for his country, and last year retired from Test cricket to prolong his limited-overs career.
New Zealand are a 20/1 shot to win the World Cup with , 11/1 to finish as runners-up and 3/1 to be eliminated at the semi-final stage.
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