In a generation where test cricket is radically tyrannized by off-breaks, Australian leg-break bowler, Adam Zampa still hopes to receive the baggy green and believes this is an ideal time to make a debut in the longest format.
The 30-year-old Zampa was a part of Australia’s recent line-up in the World T20 2022 but was sidestepped for most of the games after testing Covid positive. The Aaron Finch-led side replaced the leg-spinner by roping in Ashton Agar into the mainstream eleven.
The Aussie star made his white-ball debut in 2016 but Zampa has failed to mark a test appearance since then. The right-arm-leg-spinner has represented Australia in 77 One-day internationals; claiming 127 wickets at an economy of 5.44.
Similarly, Zampa has also grabbed 82 scalps in 72 matches for Australia in the shortest format. With an average of 21.7, Zampa is often regarded as one of the finest leg-spinners in Australia, a land that fostered the greatest wrist spinner of all time – Shane Warne.
I Feel Like My Game Has Evolved Over The Years: Adam Zampa
As Australia gears up for the two-match test series against West Indies starting November 30th, Zampa was prepping up for a Sheffield Shield stint for New South Wales. If selected in the Playing XI, Zampa will mark his maiden first-class appearance since 2019.
With an extended tour against South Africa coming up, and Australia facing India in the subcontinent next year, the 30-year-old Zampa believes this is an ideal spot for him to mark his first test appearance for Australia.
Moreover, Zampa told Fox Cricket, “My dream is still to play Test cricket. I feel like my game’s evolved over the last few years, it’s just about the workload and seeing how my body will cope. I’d love to throw my hat in the ring for the India tour.”
Zampa’s spin has surfaced in over 38 first-class fixtures, with the leg-spinner claiming 105 scalps at an average of 48. Furthermore, he captured a five-wicket haul in his debut first-class encounter against Queensland in 2012.
At the same time, Zampa also has formidable a record in the Big Bash League sphere. Representing Melbourne Stars, Zampa has picked up 98 wickets in 85 matches, the most by any Stars player. As far as the Indian Premier League is concerned, Zampa has claimed 21 wickets in 14 chances representing two franchises over the years.
A Player of Zampa’s Calibre is Always Welcomed: Micheal Klinger
Zampa’s presence for a first-class match versus Victoria is highly acknowledged by the New South Wales management and they feel a player of Zampa’s calibre is always embraced in the team.
Micheal Klinger, New South Wales head of male cricket, quoted, “Zampa is rarely available for Sheffield Shield, given his taxing white ball schedule but he has this week free and has always maintained his desire to play red-ball cricket. For us to be able to bring in a player of his caliber and experience is a welcome one.”
However, Zampa’s ambition to receive the baggy green may be far-fetched. The Aussie line-up conventionally consists of four pace bowlers, namely Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, and one sole spinner, namely Nathan Lyon when they play at home. When they play in the subcontinent, they include an extra spinner into their consideration and Mitchell Swepson, another leg-break bowler has been handling that position well.