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Jacob Oram

Jacob Oram
Personal information
Full name
Jacob David Philip Oram
Born (1978-07-28) 28 July 1978 (age 45)
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 222)12 December 2002 v India
Last Test26 August 2009 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 120)4 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI6 November 2011 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.24
T20I debut (cap 15)21 October 2005 v South Africa
Last T20I30 October 2012 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.24
Domestic team information
1997/98–2013/14Central Districts
2008–2010Chennai Super Kings
2011Rajasthan Royals
2012Uva Next
2013Chittagong Kings
2013Mumbai Indians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 33 160 36 85
Runs scored 1,780 2,434 474 3,992
Batting average 36.32 24.09 20.60 33.83
100s/50s 5/6 1/13 0/2 8/18
Top score 133 101* 66* 155
Balls bowled 4,964 6,911 546 10,682
Wickets 60 173 19 155
Bowling average 33.05 29.17 41.73 26.91
5 wickets in innings 0 2 0 3
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/41 5/26 3/33 6/45
Catches/stumpings 15/0 51/– 12/– 36/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 29 April 2022

Jacob David Philip Oram (born 28 July 1978) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who played all forms of the game for 10 years. He was a left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. His ability with both bat and ball made him a regular member in the New Zealand international sides.

Usually batting in the middle to lower order, Oram's bowling has been more successful in the shorter format—reaching as high as 5 in the ICC ODI Player Rankings. Standing at 1.98m (6 ft 6 in), he was a schoolboy representative as a football goalkeeper. He played for the Manawatu cricket team in the Hawke Cup. He also played for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Oram is on the Lord's Honours Boards for his Test century against England in 2008 and has on several occasions occupied the position of World #1-ODI Allrounder.

Personal life

He attended Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, and later Palmerston North Boys' High School.

In March 2008 Oram married his partner of eight years, Mara Tait-Jamieson, also of Palmerston North.[1] Having returned from a brief residence in Auckland, the pair now live in Palmerston North with their son, Patrick, and beloved Labrador, Leo. Oram's brother Daniel is an English teacher at Auckland Grammar School.

International career

He is one of 36 New Zealand Test cricketers to have scored 1,000 runs and one of just six New Zealanders to have reached the double of 1,000 ODI runs and 100 wickets.

In 2003–04 season, Oram fell just short of a maiden Test hundred, with 97 against Pakistan, brought up his first Test hundred in his next Test match, against South Africa, with 119 not out, and scored 90 in the following Test. His second Test hundred was 126 not out against Australia in Brisbane, against both Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. His 3rd Test hundred was again South Africa, with a career highest of 133.

On 28 January 2007, in Perth, Oram smashed an unbeaten 101 off 72 balls in an ODI against Australia.[2] It was at the time the fastest ever ODI century by a New Zealander, and also the fastest ever made against Australia. His 137 run partnership with Brendon McCullum was, at the time, the highest ever for the New Zealand 6th wicket, though this record was broken the following month.[3]

Injury issues

He injured his left ring finger in an ODI prior to the World Cup, and, on 28 February, with the tournament just weeks away, he revealed that he would be willing to have it amputated in order to play cricket.[4] However, Oram later clarified his claim as being in a jocular context and the comment intended to convey his strong desire to participate.[5]

During the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa Oram could not play a single game as he injured his ankle.

On 3 March 2010 Oram again injured his patella tendon against Australia, thus leading him to miss another series and also the 2010 IPL.


On 9 November 2009 Oram picked up 3/20 against Pakistan in the nervewrecking final of the Cool&Cool Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Oram made his 12th ODI half century after 14 months against Bangladesh in Napier on 5 February 2010. He scored a rapid 83 off just 40 balls and hit 8 fours and 5 sixes.

Oram returned to international action in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.

During the 2011 World Cup quarter final he took arguably the best catch of the tournament, off Jacques Kallis, a blinder on the mid-wicket boundary to prevent a six and with 4 for 39 helped the Black Caps take a well deserved victory against a favourite South African side.[6][7]

Hat trick club

On 2 September 2009, Oram took a hat-trick against Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 International in Colombo,[8] dismissing Angelo Mathews, Malinga Bandara and Nuwan Kulasekara.


On 13 October 2009, Oram announced his retirement from Test cricket.

Domestic career

For the 2013 IPL, Jacob Oram was signed by the Mumbai Indians.

In 2014, Oram became the bowling coach of "New Zealand A", a reserve side for Black Caps, and is currently mentoring Adam Milne. In 2019 he was appointed coach of the Manawatu cricket team, which competes in the Hawke Cup.[9]


  1. ^ "Oram weds his Manawatu beauty". Manawatu Standard. 31 March 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "Highest partnership for the sixth wicket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Oram talks about amputating injured finger". ESPNcricinfo. 28 February 2007.
  5. ^ "Oram confident broken finger is fine". ESPNcricinfo. 9 March 2007.
  6. ^ Jacob Oram catches Jacques Kallis on YouTube
  7. ^ "World Cup Vignettes: South Africa choke against NZ, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  8. ^ Alter, Jamie. "Fighting NZ overcome Dilshan blitz". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Jacob Oram names new-look side". 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
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