ICC Champions Trophy: Adam Zampa hopes to feature in Australia’s playing XI
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ICC Champions Trophy: Adam Zampa hopes to feature in Australia’s playing XI

Adam Zampa, the leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2016, hopes to make a big impact for Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy, starting June 1.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 26, 2017 16:32 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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With 30 wickets from 19 games, Adam Zampa (R) was the leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2016. (Getty Images)

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa feels the presence of a star-studded pace attack in the side for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy might make it harder for him to find a place in the playing XI, although he’s confident the selectors will turn to him if the conditions suit spinners.

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“I think the general feeling is that the wickets here will slow up in the back end of the tournament,” cricket.com.au quoted Zampa as saying. “I’m preparing for that, but I’m prepared to play every game. We’ve been selecting teams in the last 24 months (based) on the conditions and with the fire power we have with the ball, it’s always handy to have.”

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Cricket Australia has selected Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, John Hastings and James Pattinson in the Champions Trophy squad besides having Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head to chip in with a few overs of spin in between. Zampa has had an astronomical rise since his debut and had featured in the side’s 18 ODIs off 21 games but produced a string of inconsistent performances thereafter.

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He ended up playing just three of the eight home games besides taking part in just one match on the New Zealand tour. Although he ended 2016 as the leading wicket-taker in the ODI format; he was gradually sidelined by Head and Maxwell, who contribute with the bat as well.

However, Zampa has found his form back once again and had a decent run in the recently-concluded tenth edition of the Indian Premier Premier League. With Imran Tahir running riot with his wily spin, Zampa featured in just six games for Rising Pune Supergiant but picked up seven wickets in those matches at a strike rate of 17.

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“As a team, Pune had a great tournament (but) personally it didn’t go to plan with Tahir being in the same squad,” Zampa said. “He (Tahir) bowled really well and out-bowled me in the first couple of games that we played together. So I didn’t get the opportunities that I probably would have liked throughout the middle of the tournament, but it’s always a nice experience. It’s always nice to see leg-spinners doing well and there’s been a lot of leg-spinners do well recently in one-day cricket with myself, Tahir and Rashid. So it’s always nice to get confidence from those guys as well.”

The Champions Trophy starts on June 1 in England and will be played at three venues — The Oval, Edgbaston and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

First Published: May 26, 2017 16:17 IST