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After being left feeling “flat” by his exclusion from the Australian Test squad that will tour India next month, Adam Zampa will reevaluate his career in red-ball cricket.

Zampa was informed he had a good chance of going, but the selectors decided to keep Mitchell Swepson as the legspinner after he traveled to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the previous year.

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Adam Zampa [photo: Cricket Australia]

Adam Zampa Disappointed After Non-inclusion In Australia’s Test Squad For India Tour

When Zampa returned for New South Wales versus Victoria in early December, he played his first first-class game in three years and picked up three wickets. Nevertheless, he also thought that his white-ball international record would serve him well despite his unimpressive first-class performance, as he averaged 47.90.

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“I’m very disappointed. I would have loved to have been on it,” Zampa said. “Don’t know what’s next for me now, it’s two-and-a-half years until the next subcontinent tour. I thought with the way I’ve been going in international in particular that this was going to be my opportunity.

“I was really excited to potentially be on this tour, give it a crack. The messaging was my style of bowling might have been handy over there. Potentially last minute that was a change of mind.

Adam Zampa. PC- Getty
Adam Zampa. PC- Getty

“That was the messaging I got six weeks ago as well – that this was going to be a very good chance – but now that I’m not [going] I’m very flat about it and time to move on from it.”

Zampa said that national selector George Bailey and coach Andrew McDonald both admitted that leaving him off the team was one of the hardest decisions they had to make.

After the BBL, New South Wales has three Sheffield Shield games in which Zampa might play before the ODI team departs for India for the three matches that follow the Tests in late March.

Not Going To Close The Door Completely To Red-ball Cricket: Adam Zampa

Australia’s subsequent subcontinental Test series after the India tour will be a two-match trip to Sri Lanka in 2025. Zampa will now concentrate on the ODI World Cup of this year and the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the USA in 2024 since he is not thinking that far ahead. He is now rated seventh in T20Is and fifth among bowlers in ODIs.

“I’ve got two white-ball World Cups before that [Sri Lanka]. Don’t know what’s in store for me red-ball cricket-wise. Will just through this Big Bash and reconsider,” he said.

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Adam Zampa [photo credits: Cricket365.com]
“I’m not going to close the door completely to red-ball cricket. Life is always about balance and I’ve got a family and these white-ball tours and World Cups that are coming up so I’ve got to try and think about what’s best for my body, myself, my family.”

In India, Swepson, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar, and the rookie offspinner Todd Murphy will make up Australia’s main spin assault.

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