| GEO Sports|
| Jacob Oram out of Australia tour|
| Updated at: 1223 PST, Tuesday, November 04, 2008|
AUCKLAND: 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.
Oram told local radio he could have pushed to make the Australian tour but it was not worth the risk.
"We could have tested it, trialed it, maybe even gone and had a fitness test to see if I could have made it," he said.
"But the worrying thing was that it isn't 100 percent at the moment, and if we made it even worse then it meant the West Indies series was probably in jeopardy."
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.