Adam Zampa, Australian spinner has admitted that some stringent measures definitely need to be in place about the slow over-rates in cricket. His remark came after the conclusion of the first ODI between India and Australia.
The Indian team was fined as much as 20 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first ODI. The first ODI between India and Australia had gone past the Sydney Cricket Ground’s limit restrictions for the lights. The match ended nearly at 6 pm Indian Standard Time after a 9 am start.
Adam Zampa Doesn’t Know The Ruling Or Whether A Punishment Should Be Imposed For Slow Over Rates
Adam Zampa returned the best figures in the 1st ODI which Australia won by 66 runs after posting a mammoth 374 on board. Adam Zampa returned with the creditable figure of 4/54 as India managed 308/8 in reply with Hardik Pandya top-scoring with 90.
“I don’t know what the ruling should be, or if there should be punishment, but something definitely has to be done about it. From a viewers’ point of view, it’s probably not the best look for the game,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Zampa as saying.
Adam Zampa also suggested that cricketers maybe lacked the time needed to get the proper intensity required to play ODI cricket. The spinner also said that they were allowed to train during the quarantine period in the aftermath of Covid-19, but it is hard to replicate the feel and pressure of the international game.
“I wouldn’t want to make excuses but it’s really hard to imitate the pressure of one-day cricket and the best way to do it was when you are together as a squad and you do fielding sessions and the intensity of the training is at that international standard,” said Zampa.
Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl to risk aggravating his lower back pain scored 90 off 76 balls in the company of opener Shikhar Dhawan who scored 74, but it wasn’t enough.
Adam Zampa’s Voice Echoed By Steve Smith Who Admitted That The 1st ODI Lasted For Too Long
After the conclusion of the first ODI on 27th November, Australia batsman Steve Smith had also admitted that the first ODI against India lasted for a long duration. Steve Smith and Aaron Finch hit centuries while David Warner and Glenn Maxwell also contributed with the bat to set up the tone for a perfect start.
“It felt like it went all day. The longest 50 overs in the field I’ve ever had, that’s for sure,” Smith said.
Australia had defeated India by 66 runs in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series. Both teams will now play against each other in the second ODI on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.