Oram returns to Kiwi squad against Proteas

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Christchurch:New Zealand today announced its Test team for next month's tour of South Africa, adding all-rounder Jacob Oram and opener Michael Papps to the 13-member squad which is playing in the home series against West Indies.

The Blackcaps are due to arrive in Johannesburg on April 5 and will play a practise game ahead of the three-match Test series, beginning April 15.

''Jacob Oram has been declared fit to tour and will provide the team with a genuine all rounder,'' coach John Bracewell said in a statement after announcing the squad.

''We expect to have a challenging time in South Africa. It is important that we quickly make the transition to the altitude, climate and playing conditions, as well as to the intensity that the South African team will bring to these matches,'' he said.

The Kiwis will also be without opener Lou Vincent and wicketkeeper Mathew Sinclair, who have already withdrawn from the ongoing series. While Vincent has opted out to be with his pregnant wife, Sinclair is getting married. The two may join the squad after the first Test if the need arises.

''Lou Vincent and Mathew Sinclair have not been considered for selection as they would both miss the build up and the first Test match due to personal commitments,'' Blackwell said.

The Squad: Stephen Fleming (captain), Daniel Vettori (vice captain), Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, Peter Fulton, James Franklin, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Hamish Marshall, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Michael Papps, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris.

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