Top 5 Test all-rounders from New Zealand
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
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.