Overlooked for last year’s ODI series which Australia lost, Adam Zampa has made it to the national squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. Zampa and Nathan Lyon are to play a vital role in the middle overs with shorter dimensioned grounds available in England. Earlier this year, Zampa had been mindblowing while scalping wickets during Australian tour of India and in the UAE against Pakistan. His performance has pushed him up to become one of the mainstay bowlers of the team along with Nathan Lyon.
England’s pitches are majorly batsmen friendly, but it is expected that the leg-spinner could be proved fortunate to scalp more than expected wickets in the tournament.
However, Zampa has different plans. His focus remains on the breakthroughs during the middle overs that would build up game for pacers late in the innings.
“That is something we have spoken about, and Finchy is big on – trying to take wickets. If you are bowling to the middle and lower order in the last 10 overs it makes it so much easier for the fast bowlers at the ‘death’,” Zampa said on Monday (May 20).
“If you are bowling to in-batsmen like Virat (Kohli) or Jos Buttler for example, if they are in it makes it a lot harder, so wickets in the middle are so important in one-day cricket.”
A cautious play in the middle helps to finish the game for Australian Batsmen
With the changing trends in limited-overs cricket, Australia has changed its gaming tactics as well. Under the supervision of the head coach Justin Langer, the Aussies have meandered towards the breakthroughs in the middle overs. They have also concentrated a lot towards their batsmen, tackling spin better with the significant rise in the last few years.
“The last three or four years, you have probably seen the game change a bit. The spinners have come into the game a lot more,” Zampa said.
“That was something we struggled with, playing against spin. Probably 18 months ago, 12 months ago, it’s something that we rectified really well in India and in Dubai against Pakistan.”
With eleven wickets claim to his name during India visit, Zampa believes it is his partnership with Lyon that breathes down the neck of the batsmen. He believes that if used the twin spin together on dry grounds in England, then it would do wonders.
“We play two different roles, he (Lyon) is so accurate, a beautiful offspinner, bowls to his field really well and bowls really tight, that means I can attack from the other end,” Zampa said.
“I think it was a few months ago where we actually spoke to each other and said, ‘I reckon we can play a huge role coming up in the World Cup together so let’s do everything we can to make sure we’re both there’,” he said.
Zampa Excited to Face Off Against Rashid Khan in the First Tournament Match
Australia’s first tournament match will be up against Afghanistan in Bristol, where they’ll be facing Rashid Khan, the once in a lifetime bowler. However, before that, the Aussies will warm up against Windies, England and Sri Lanka respectively.
Zampa has played with Rashid during the Big Bash League (BPL) and was amazed by Rashid’s bowling.
“He is just a totally different bowler. The reason that he runs in so fast is because he has got really thick fingers and holds the ball right at the end. For example, I bowl it right in my palm, he bowls it right at the end,” Zampa said. “To his credit he spent about 45 minutes with me,” continued Zampa. “I had (Stars list manager) Trent Woodhill with me and Stoinis actually came over and was interested.
“I am so glad I did that because I now know I could never bowl like Rashid. But having that information now means I can give it to our batters. Rashid Khan is a once in a lifetime bowler.”
Zampa was the second highest wicket-taker during the ODI series against India. And Australia will be looking forward to seeing the duo doing most of the damage.