Desperate Oram ready to amputate ring finger!

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Christchurch:New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram says he is willing to cut off his injured ring finger if it comes in the way of his World Cup participation next month.

''If it means cutting the finger off, if that's the worse case scenario, if that's the last resort, I'll do that, there's no way I'm missing this,'' Oram told New Zealand Press Association.

Oram injured the left hand finger during the recently concluded Chappell-Haddlee series against Australia and his World Cup participation, at least in the initial stages looks very doubtful.

''I don't really know how the finger is. The plan is get to the West Indies, whip it off and assess the inflammation. We've got a couple of techniques in terms of taping and a couple of guards which are a lot thinner so they can fit into a batting glove,'' Oram said outlining his plans to cop with the injury during the big event.

''I'm confident it'll be fine. The beauty of the batting glove is when the other three fingers and your thumb start bending the other one has got no option,'' he added.

Oram said he has consulted doctors on the issue and has been assured that the injury would not come in the way of his participation but if it does he is willing to take the extreme step.

''I've talked to a few of the docs and they don't feel it will affect me if I get a ball coming at me straight on. The problem could be another highball coming down. It was a sting, like when you rip a nail up,'' he said.

New Zealand will play warm-up games against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before taking on England on March 16 in St Lucia.


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