Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa hasn’t given up on his dream of representing the national side in Tests despite averaging 48.26 in FC cricket.
Zampa has impinged himself as one of the leading white-ball spinners in the world.
The right-arm leggie played a substantial role in Australia’s win over the West Indies in the fourth T20I as he registered figures of 2/20 in four overs.
With a whole host of subcontinent tours coming up for Australia in the second WTC cycle, Zampa is confident that he can transfer his white-ball mysteries in red-ball cricket.
“Those are] conversations I’ll be having with selectors once Tests, particularly to the subcontinent, start up again. I’m bowling well and I’m keen to be on those tours,” Adam Zampa was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I definitely still harbour ambitions [to play Test cricket]. I’ll play any cricket that’s available. It’s just worked out that in recent years white ball has been the highlight of that. We’ve had so many white-ball tours where I just haven’t had the opportunity to play red ball,” he added. “Every time I’ve been available, I’ve tried to play.” said Zampa.
‘Shield cricket is the be all and end all of getting in the Test squad’- Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa did not feature in a single Sheffield Shield game last season. The right-arm leg-spinner last played the First-Class match in December 2019 and since then he has represented Australia in 13 ODIs and 18 T20Is, claiming 27 and 17 wickets respectively.
But, according to Zampa, while he would have liked to play more Shield cricket, he doesn’t think that not playing Australia’s premier FC tournament is the ‘by all and end all’ of breaking into the Test squad.
“I don’t think playing Shield cricket is the be all and end all of getting in the Test squad,” he said. “I think if I’m bowling well at the time those tours get selected, hopefully I’ll be on them,” said Zampa.
“It’s disappointing I haven’t had a lot of opportunities in recent years to play first-class cricket because, at the end of the day, people do look at your career stats but it probably doesn’t really reflect the bowler you are at the moment,” he added.
Speaking of his FC numbers, Adam Zampa has played 38 Shield games in which he has managed just 105 wickets at a poor average of 48.26 with just 2 five-wicket-hauls and a solitary ten-for.