Oram prepared to give up finger

Star New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has said he will sacrifice his injured wedding finger, if it means being able to play in the World Cup.

Oram, who fractured his finger during the Chappell-Hadlee series in New Zealand earlier this month, told the NZPA that he will not miss cricket’s prized event for anything, not even his finger.

“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,” he said before boarding a flight to the Caribbean today.

“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.

“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.”

New Zealand play their first warm-up match on the 6th of March against Bangladesh and will kick start their campaign for the World Cup on the 16th of March against England in St Lucia.

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