13 Oct 2009

Oram announces retirement from test cricket

4:49 pm on 13 October 2009

Allrounder Jacob Oram's announced his retirement from test cricket but wants to continue playing limited overs internationals.

Oram says after ongoing injury woes he hopes a reduced workload will allow him to prolong his international career.

He says the past few years have shown his body's can't handle the stress and strains of being an allrounder and playing all three formats for up to 10 months a year.

He says the decision to choose limited-overs cricket over Test cricket has more to do with playing opportunities as the Black Caps play more limited overs matches 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.

Oram says he doesn't want to put an exact time frame on his career as he's learnt his body and his mind are on different wavelengths.

At this stage he hopes to make the 2011 world cup.

Oram has played 33 Tests since his debut in December 2002, and averaged 36.32 including five centuries.

He's taken 60 test wickets at an average of just over 33.