Seen as the gentle giant of the BLACKCAPS, Jacob Oram is not so gentle when it comes to connecting the ball with the bat or the ball to the stumps.
Jake, who describes himself as humorous, compassionate and injured, has recently hung up his Test boots to focus on the shorter forms of the game. He says however that it is a dream fulfilled playing for the BLACKCAPS and he looks forward to the season ahead.
The 32 year old hails from Palmerston North and represents the Central Stags in the domestic competition. Known for his big hitting, solid medium bowling and agile fielding, he was selected for the top team in 2001. Jake made his ODI debut against Zimbabawe in Wellington in early 2001, his Test debut against India in Wellington in 2002 and his Twenty20 debut against South Africa and Johannesburg in 2005.
Before becoming a full time cricket Jake seriously looked at becoming a chef. He considered joining the army and spent some time within the hospitality industry learning the tricks of the trade. However cricket took over and these days he’s looking at breeding dogs.
When he’s not playing cricket he loves spending time at home doing DIY, whether it’s painting or building, he enjoys getting in there and using his hands. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog Leo.
Quick fire questions
1. We hear you are musical, what did you play?
“I tried to play the piano when I was younger and when I was badly injured a few seasons ago I tried to take it up again but I just don’t have the patience for it anymore.”
2. What’s your advice to those wanting to be a BLACKCAP?
”Work hard and listen. Train hard and put the effort in. And those with the better attitude to working hard will rise above and be successful.”
3. Final words to the BLACKCAPS supporters?
“Stick with us. Sometimes it’s a roller coaster ride, however we are doing our best to solve the problems and when it turns we will see some huge talent coming through.”