Adam Zampa Disappointed For Being Labelled As ‘Defensive’
Despite being Australia’s second highest wicket-taker in ODIs last year, leg-spinner Adam Zampa was left out of the Australia’s 16-member squad for the Indian tour.
Going by the words of Australian selectors, Zampa’s approach has been defensive over the time and that’s why he missed out. The selection panel led by Mark Waugh picked Steve O’Keefe and rookie Mitchell Swepson ahead of him.
The leg-spinner shared his disappointment over the same, saying he thought the same (defensive) approach works under such conditions and his experience of playing in the IPL would have given him an edge over others.
“Obviously from the press conference with Trevor Hohns, they’ve gone for a more attacking option. It’s disappointing being seen as just a defensive option. I thought the defensive bowling style usually works in those conditions and my experience over there could’ve helped.”
Swepson, who plays for Brisbane Heat in BBL, will most likely make his international debut against India in the Test series and Zampa said it’s good to have a competition ahead of him. He said, ‘But it’s nice to have that healthy competition now. Mitchell Swepson a very good bowler. I’ve watched him throughout the BBL.’
During the ongoing series against Pakistan at home, Australia haven’t selected Zampa in their playing eleven so far, but the 24-year-old believes he will make a cut in the remaining two matches, given both will take place in Sydney and Adelaide respectively.
“I’d say I’m a chance, yeah, with the conditions probably suiting me more than most other grounds around Australia. It’s been disappointing not to play the first three games. I really want to play, but it’s nice to be coming up to Sydney and Adelaide for the last two games.”
Australia will tour India for four Tests, starting February 23 in Pune.
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