Jacob David Philip Oram
(born 28 July 1978, Palmerston North
, New Zealand) is a New Zealand cricketer
. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. His abilities with both bat and ball has made him a regular fixture in the current 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 soccer goalkeeper. He played for the Manawatu cricket team in the Hawke Cup
. He plays for the Rajasthan Royals
in the Indian Premier League
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, he 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. It was at the time the fastest ever ODI century by a New Zealander, and also the fastest ever made against Australia. His 137... Read More