Oram to line up for Stags

Recently retired Black Cap Jacob Oram steps out on New Plymouth's Pukekura Park tomorrow to resume his career with the Central Districts Stags.

Oram was yesterday named in the Stags team to play top-of-the-table Otago Volts in HRV Cup Twenty20 match.

The 34-year-old Oram, who played 33 tests and 160 one-day internationals for New Zealand, secured an early release from his Black Caps contract late last year.

At the time he said he would continue to play Twenty20 for Central and play in competitions of the shortest form of the game overseas.

Stags coach Alan Hunt welcomed Oram's return after the birth of his second child.

Oram is expected to bat at No 7 as well as bowl his share of overs and is the only addition to the Stags XI who beat the Aces on Wednesday.

His return further bolsters the number of senior players for the Stags, who welcomed back Jamie How against the Aces.

B J Barnett and Michael Taiaroa, who were called into the Stags squad as cover for the game against the Aces, but were not required, have returned to play for CD in the provincial A competition.

Hunt said CD had been made aware of Ross Taylor's plans to resume his career in the Plunket Shield four-day match against Canterbury, in Napier, on January 24.

"He'll play the game in Auckland following the Napier match before he heads away with the Black Caps on the tour of England," he said. "So that's helpful."

The match against Otago gives the Stags a chance to lift themselves off the bottom of the points table.

"We're still trying to climb up the table and finish on a high note," Hunt said.

"If we can play something like we did against the Aces, then we are definitely in with a chance."

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