Oram to miss second T20
New Zealand's Jacob Oram will miss Thursday's Twenty20 international against England after straining a hamstring.
Last Updated: 06/02/08 11:56am
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram will miss his side's second Twenty20 international against England in Christchurch on Thursday after straining a hamstring in the first match.
Oram, who top-scored for the home side with 61 in their 32-run loss at Eden Park on Tuesday, suffered the injury while bowling.
"I have a wee bit of a sore hamstring. It's not completely torn and it's not overly bad," Oram said on Wednesday.
"It's similar to what I did in South Africa (last November) where I missed a Test match but it's nowhere near as bad as that, thankfully."
Oram said he would have liked to have been selected for the second match as a batsman alone but the team management decided not to risk his injury ahead of the upcoming five one-day internationals and three Tests against England.
Flynn in, Vettori out
He will be replaced in Christchurch by uncapped Northern Districts left-hander Daniel Flynn.
"This is a great opportunity to introduce another exciting young player into the New Zealand squad," said New Zealand's chairman of selectors Sir Richard Hadlee on Wednesday.
"His innings today (149 against Canterbury) was at better than run-a-ball and as a left-hander he will fit beautifully into our middle order at number 6 or 7."
Meanwhile, having been sidelined in Auckland because of an ankle injury, captain Daniel Vettori is also ruled out of Thursday's match in Christchurch.
Vettori trained with the team on Wednesday in a bid to prove his fitness for the opening one-day match in Wellington on Saturday.
Brendon McCullum will contine to lead the side in Vettori's absence.