Jacob Oram has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against Australia as well as the IPL due to a patella tendon tear, which is expected to keep him out of action for a month. He has been replaced by Central Districts pacer Michael Mason in the NZ squad.
Oram sustained the injury on Wednesday against Australia in the 1st ODI at Napier, which the hosts won in a thrilling fashion. The injury also means that he would be ruled out of a majority of the IPL. Oram who is contracted to the Chennai Super Kings for a hefty 675,000$ had his share of injuries even last year during the IPL in South Africa.
Oram has suffered from numerous injuries over the past couple of years. He returned home half way through the Bangladesh tour in 2008 and missed the Test series in Australia because of a back injury. A calf injury kept him out of the home Test series against West Indies and an Achilles injury jeopardized his participation in the one-day series that followed and the home Tests against India. The spate of injuries also forced him to call it quits in the longer format of the game. He announced his retirement from Test cricket last October, but wished to prolong his T20 and ODI career. Over the last year or so, he has made the headlines more due to injuries than on field performances.