Oram wants to get in the act!

Published: Friday, October 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Chris Cairns may have hung up his cricketing boots, but New Zeaaland have found in tall, strapping Jacon Oram, who is set to fill in the shoes of Cairns.

For someone, who got into the side only as a bowler, his batting abilities came to the fore gradually. But his batting talent has added lot of depth to the Kiwis line-up and the 26-year-old cricketer is now keen to focus more on his big hitting abilities.

"It's my first visit to Bangladesh. The conditions here don't suit the seam bowlers. Spinners have a big role to play. I would like to concentrate on my batting here and get some big scores under my belt," Oram said,

The Central Districts cricketer is determined to do well with the willow here considering that he hasn't had great success in the sub-continent.

"I toured India and Sri Lanka and didn't had much success. I really want to have some big scores here and will be happy if I achieve it," he said.

On the upcoming series, Oram said the visitors were runaway favourites since they have a fairly balanced outfit and their bowling had plenty of depth.

"I've two spinners in Daniel Vettori and Paul Wiseman. We know that they would do the job for our team in the series," Oram added.

"Our attack has some depth despite the absence of Bond and Tuffey. (Chris) Martin and (Ian) Butler are pretty nippy and should give a good account of themselves," he opined.

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