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Oram included in Kiwis World Cup squad

All rounder Jacob Oram has been included in New Zealand 15 man squad for next months Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

Oram, who is currently recovering from a knee injury is expected to be fit by the start of April and will join Aaron Redmond and fast bowler Ian Butler who are also recovering form injury in the World Cup squad.

"We are excited about the side and believe that they will go well in the tournament,” said selectors’ spokesman, Mark Greatbatch. "We have a mix of players who are competitive on the world stage in the Twenty20 format. Obviously we will need to be consistent with our performances and build momentum through pool-play."

"We think we have some very dynamic batters, who can be lethal in this form of the game. Our bowlers are also very effective Twenty20 performers," he said.

"All the players have a programme for the next 18 days prior to leaving for our training camp in Brisbane on the 18th April. The training programme requires the players to undergo rigourous fitness and skill sessions," he added.

"A number of our players, Mills, Oram, Redmond and Butler are coming back from injury, so the training schedule will put all of our players through their paces to ensure that they are fully fit before we depart."

"Ian Butler and Aaron Redmond will also play several matches in the National Club Championship in Auckland during 6-11 April. Other squad members, Hopkins and Styris, will also play in these matches to give them some game time."

"Rob Nicol comes in to the side on the back of some very good domestic form, particularly in the shorter form of the game. Daryl Tuffey and Neil Broom were not considered because of injury."

New Zealand Squad - Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, Ian Butler, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Aaron Redmond, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor.

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