WELLINGTON: New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram pulled out of the upcoming two-Test tour of Australia on Tuesday as he continues to be hampered by a nagging back injury.
The injury-prone Oram returned home after the first Test of the recent Bangladesh series complaining off stiffness and pain.
An MRI scan cleared him of serious injury but he is not expected to be fully fit until next month's West Indies tour of New Zealand, Cricket New Zealand said in a statement
Oram, who was sidelined for most of 2005 with a back problem, also admitted he had considered giving up bowling and concentrating on his batting, particularly with an eye on the 2011 World Cup.
The 30-year-old Oram has a Test batting average of 37.04 and has taken 60 wickets at 31.18.
In one-day internationals his batting average is 25.50 and he has taken 128 wickets at 30.14.