Australian limited-overs spinner Adam Zampa has made a move from his state team South Australia to the New South Wales cricket team. Zampa, who is a native of New South Wales, has plied his Sheffield Shield or first-class trade so far for South Australia over seven seasons, having played 38 fixtures. And with that, the leggie has his sights set on attaining the Baggy Green for Australia.
Having made his international debut in 2016, Zampa hasn’t played even one Test so far in his 68-match limited-overs career. He has become a limited-overs specialist and cemented his spot as Australia’s frontline spinner as far as white-ball cricket is concerned. The Test team is somewhat in need for a backup for their frontline spinner Nathan Lyon, who is 32 at present. Another leg-spinner in Mitchell Swepson looked in line for a Test debut the past summer against New Zealand but was denied.
Adam Zampa is firm on solidifying his spot as Australia’s second-choice spinner. He stated that he moved back to New South Wales to play some four-day games. The limited-overs leg-spinner further said that with the veteran Nathan Lyon, he could form a partnership in Shield cricket that might help him earn his maiden Test cap.
“There were couple of reasons why I moved back home. Obviously, to be able to play some Sheffield (Shield) cricket. You would have to be silly not to aim for Test cricket. Also, it would be silly not to recognise Nathan Lyon has that spot and probably has it solidly for the next three or four years minimum,” the leg-spinner stated as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
So if you are another spinner in the country then your best bet is to try and play with Nathan. So if I can form a relationship with him and play some Shield cricket then that’s probably the best way for me to get that baggy green,” he added.
I have missed my family for seven or eight years now: Adam Zampa
The 27-year-old went on to add that he feels nice to be back home and that he missed his family for seven to eight years now. In 38 first-class games, Adam Zampa has picked up 35 wickets and could pick only five in the previous Sheffield Shield season.
“Obviously it’s nice to be home. I have missed by family for seven or eight years now. Also my partner made a big sacrifice to move to Adelaide so it’s a good opportunity for her to spend more time with her family.” Adam Zampa added.