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Top 5 Test all-rounders from New Zealand

Ram Kumar
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11.52K   //    24 Sep 2017, 12:49 IST

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Daniel Vettori and Chris Cairns lent enormous depth to New Zealand's Test team

In Test cricket, possessing genuine all-rounders can make a massive difference to any team's fortunes. The unique advantage prevalent in such multi-dimensional cricketers could stem from their capacity to transfer momentum from one department to another in a seamless manner.

As with most other top teams, New Zealand have also been blessed with the presence of quality all-rounders for the vast majority of their cricket history.

Let us take a close look at five of the best all-round cricketers to represent New Zealand at Test level.


#5 Jacob Oram

Jacob Oram
Recurring injuries restricted Jacob Oram's career to just 33 Tests

When he was not unfairly pigeon-holed as a limited-overs specialist, Jacob Oram was a useful player to have in the Test team too. While his tall frame helped generate extra bounce on seam-friendly surfaces in New Zealand, he could also take apart bowling attacks through his excellent hand-eye coordination and crisp hitting.

Frequent spells of injuries limited his Test career to just 33 appearances. However, he still found the wherewithal to create a reasonable impression by scoring as many as 5 centuries. Oram's deceptive medium-pace enabled him to break extended partnerships and procure vital wickets for the Kiwis.

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