Playing Test cricket is still the ultimate goal: Adam Zampa
Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa said that playing the longest format of the game is still the ultimate goal for him, on Tuesday.
However, a call into the Australian Test lineup is not easy for Zampa. Because he has played just three Sheffield Shield matches in the last two seasons, managing to take just five wickets at all.
“For me playing Test cricket is still the ultimate goal. Over the last few years, it’s probably really easy for people to pinpoint me as a white-ball bowler. I’ve played most of the white-ball games for Australia over the last few years so it’s really limited my first-class opportunities so I really want to change people’s perceptions,”
Zampa said to ESPNcricinfo.
“I know my first-class record doesn’t really speak for itself but over the last three years when I haven’t really been playing first-class cricket I’ve really improved as a bowler, so I’m looking to still get that baggy green,” he added.
Zampa has confirmed his place as the spinner in the Australian ODI and T20I squad in the recent years. The leg spinner has said that, he knows where he stands when it comes to selection in the Test line-up. He also said that he has not even had discussions about it with head coach Justin Langer.
“The exposure to red-ball cricket hasn’t really been there and I guess with subcontinent tours, you have guys like Mitchell Swepson bowling really well and playing Shield cricket. You’ve got Ashton Agar who’s got a little bit experience as well. Jon Holland has been good in first-class cricket over the last few years,” Zampa said.
“I don’t really know what it’s like to bowl on a spinning wicket in Shield cricket. The closest thing I’ve had to a spinning wicket is Adelaide Oval when it’s green and thatchy and that limits the number of overs you bowl as well. I think there should be an emphasis put on it,” he added.
Zampa played for Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand in March. The spinner managed to take two wickets in the first ODI, however, after that match, the remaining two ODIs were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic hit back across the globe.