Jacob Oram firmly established himself into the New Zealand team. Ever-noticeable, not just because of his 1.98m height, Oram is a brisk and alert player.
Starting his career in 2001 against Zimbabwe, Oram was a batting all-rounder but soon he moulded himself into a medium pace bowler.
Due to lack of pace Oram works hard on line and length. It is the bounce and lift off the pitch that he is able to extract from such a height is what troubles many of the finest batsmen in the world.
At the end of 2002 he made his Test debut against India, hitting the winning runs in the second Test to secure a 2-0 series win for the Kiwis. He also achieved a personal milestone when he took his first five-wicket haul in the one-day series against India.
He faced injury problems during 2001-02 season but came back strongly in 2002-03 and confirmed his place in one-day as well as Test cricket.
Oram has become a vital part of the Kiwi camp in recent times.