Black Caps all-rounder Oram wants his No.6 national spot back

July 23rd, 2010 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Manawatu (New Zealand), July 23 (ANI): Big hitting Kiwi all-rounder Jacob Oram is reportedly working hard at the nets in a bid to reclaim the No.6 spot in the Black Caps batting lineup.

The giant Manawatu left-hander has been shuffled between the No 5, 6, 7 and 8 spots during his past 10 one-day international innings and was dropped from the Twenty20 side at the World Cup in the West Indies earlier this year, after struggling at No.8.

He was part of the Black Caps squad that flew to Darwin today to prepare for a one-day tri-series against Sri Lanka and India, starting on August 10.

Oram said he had not made any changes to his game, just increased the training volume.

“It’s nothing new. I probably have tried to raise the bar a bit this winter after a disappointing last summer with the bat. I’m just trying to do a bit more to push my case a little bit harder,” he told the Manawatu Standard.

The 31-year-old claimed he still had the ability to be one of the world’s premier limited-overs all-rounders, after retiring from test cricket last year.

“I’d like to see myself batting in the middle order, in the perfect world at six,” he said. (ANI)

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