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Test cricket still Zampa’s ‘ultimate goal’

Australia spinner
by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa wants to shed the perception that he carries of being a white-ball specialist, saying Test cricket remains his ultimate goal.

Zampa has neither been a regular member of the South Australia state side, on account of his national commitments with Australia’s ODI and T20I outfits, he has also failed to make much of an impact in the opportunities he’s received, averaging 48.26 after 38 games.

“For me playing Test cricket is still the ultimate goal,” he said. “Over the last few years it’s probably really easy for people to pinpoint me as a while-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.

“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.”

In all, Zampa has played 85 games for Australia in the limited-overs formats, but is yet to make his Test debut. He did, however, admit that Shield cricket hasn’t exactly made being a spin bowler easy in recent times.

“The biggest reason for that would be the drop-in wickets, that has changed the game massively and it’s really hard to get a day-four turner with any rough,” Zampa said. “We’ve seen the Dukes ball as well, which can really suit spin bowlers but unfortunately the wickets have been a little on the greener side.

“For spinners to be in the game on day four it has basically been taken out of the game except for maybe the SCG sometimes, if the weather suits as well. We’ve had to play a different role in first-class cricket, that’s why you see the numbers have changed.

“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 amount of overs you bowl as well. I think there should be emphasis put on it.”

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