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Adam Zampa has been named the captain of the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL) in the absence of Glenn Maxwell, who suffered a leg injury last month. Zampa’s name has been floated as a possible ODI and T20I captain for Australia. He captained the Stars against the Adelaide Strikers last season after the squad was hit by Covid.

As a white-ball-only player, Zampa will be available for the entire BBL unless he receives a surprise call-up to the Test squad to tour India. The Melbourne Stars’ new captain will increase his workload in the upcoming KFC BBL season in a bid to strengthen his case for inclusion in Australia’s tour of India. With no red-ball cricket between now and next month’s selection deadline, Zampa has had to become creative in his pursuit of the baggy green.

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It’s An Honour To Lead The Melbourne Stars – Adam Zampa

Zampa said that he is proud to lead the Melbourne Stars. He said it was a pleasure to play alongside Marcus as vice-captain, Trent Boult and Luke Wood for the first time this year, as well as Joe Clarke.

“It’s an honour to lead the Melbourne Stars in Glenn’s absence and I look forward to helping get the best out of this group. Our Stars journey won’t be complete without a BBL title and we’re throwing everything into this season to achieve that,” Zampa said in an official statement released by Melbourne Stars.

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“I’m so excited to be playing alongside Trent Boult and Luke Wood for the first time along with Joe Clarke again this year. With the help of Marcus as vice-captain, I can’t wait to lead this group and we want to see as many of our fans at the MCG as possible on Friday 16th December at the MCG,” he added.

Zampa represented Australia in 72 matches in T20 internationals and 119 ODIs. He is the Stars’ all-time leading wicket-taker with 82 wickets; he might play his 100th BBL game this season.

He Has Been Part Of The Leadership Group For A Number Of Years

“Obviously Glenn is a huge loss for us but to have someone of Adam’s caliber to be able to step in is a testament to the strength of our squad,” said Melbourne Stars General Manager Blair Crouch.

“Adam has grown into a wonderful player with the Stars but most importantly, he is a great person and has been part of the leadership group for a number of years. We’re on track to break our membership record next week so we can’t wait to see as many Stars fans as possible at the MCG on December 16,” he further added.

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