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Kiwi cricket joy tempered by Oram break

By Daniel Brettig 17/02/2007 06:16:56 AM Comments (0)

As Australia sorts through the ruins of a 10-wicket loss in a one-day international, New Zealand is dealing with the conflicting emotions of a resounding victory and a nasty finger injury to key allrounder Jacob Oram.

Fielding in the deep after bowling an economical spell, Oram caught Mitchell Johnson in the latter stages of Australia's paltry 148 and immediately showed signs of pain.

Replays revealed Oram had somehow taken the ball with his left ring finger pointing inwards and the force of the blow caused a fracture that has put his World Cup campaign in some doubt.

A joyous press conference for Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming and fast man Shane Bond - man of the match for his 5-23 - changed markedly in tone when Fleming was asked about Oram's current state.

"It's not pretty; I think it's fractured," Fleming said of the man who recently emerged as a match-winner.

"There will be a plan of action put in place with the World Cup coming up, time frames will be talked about and hopefully it's a positive outcome." Breaks of that kind often take six weeks to heal, but one bad finger is minor compared to the scale of form and injury troubles currently turning Australia's tour into a something close to a nightmare.

After indicating that it was not his place to have sympathy for an opponent, Fleming said his side would be carried along by the well wishes of the cricket world as they seek to peg back the long rampant Australians.

"I think people enjoy champion teams, and Australia are a champion side," he said.

"What the global community then try to do is catch up through one reason or another and look for weakness that other teams have exposed.

"We took confidence out of the way England played against them.

"I think the pack tries to catch up, and that's part of it; without doing it on purpose, there is a gang mentality to try and catch the best."

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