What would you give up to play for your country in the World Cup?

Jacob Oram would give up his finger to play.

Jacob Oram is willing to cut off his injured ring finger if it is going to prevent him from playing in the World Cup. Oram will try specially designed splints and pain-killers to ease the pain, but if the problem won’t go away he will consider an amputation.

“If it means cutting the finger off, if that’s the worse-case scenario, if that’s the last resort, I’ll do that, there’s no way I’m missing this,” he told NZPA. Oram suffered the break during the first Chappell-Hadlee Trophy match and he will not test it until the New Zealand squad’s first practice session in Barbados on Saturday.

Good on him, I think. And if he plays, he gives New Zealand the extra depth they need to make a serious tilt at the Cup.

Dedication to the cause

Bloke watching cricket in a cafe

September 2005, Ashes Test England v Australia. A few brave souls in NYC watch the match start at 5.30 a.m. From Flickr user David Reeves. Talking of such matters, who (apart from me) will be up at 4am GMT (or wherever in the world you live) for Saturday’s first Test?