Don't know what's in store for me in red-ball cricket: Adam Zampa

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14 Jan 2023 | 09:16 AM
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Don't know what's in store for me in red-ball cricket: Adam Zampa

The leg-spinner was not among the four spinners picked for Australia's Test tour of India

Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa expresses disappointment after not being picked for the Test series against India, starting February 9, saying that he is not sure what his red-ball future holds. Zampa played his first first-class game in three years when he took the field for New South Wales against Victoria in December, claiming three wickets. 

While made made a return to red-ball cricket with one eye on the tour of India, his average of close to 48 is something that is difficult to ignore.

"I'm very disappointed. I would have loved to have been on it," Zampa said. 

"Don't know what's next for me now, it's two-and-a-half years until the next subcontinent tour. I thought with the way I've been going in international in particular that this was going to be my opportunity.

"I was really excited to potentially be on this tour, give it a crack. The messaging was my style of bowling might have been handy over there. Potentially last minute that was a change of mind.

"That was the messaging I got six weeks ago as well - that this was going to be a very good chance - but now that I'm not [going] I'm very flat about it and time to move on from it."

Australia's next tour of the subcontinent will be in 2025 when they play two matches against Sri Lanka in 2025. Zampa also revealed that Australia head coach Andrew McDonald and chief selector informed that not picking for the tour was one the toughest decisions they had to make.

Zampa is however not thinking of the tour of Sri Lanka, but instead would now like to concentrate on the ODI World Cup in India later this year followed by the T20 World Cup next year in the West Indies and USA. 

"I've got two white-ball World Cups before that [Sri Lanka]. Don't know what's in store for me red-ball cricket-wise. Will just through this Big Bash and reconsider," he said. 

"I'm not going to close the door completely to red-ball cricket. Life is always about balance and I've got a family and these white-ball tours and World Cups that are coming up so I've got to try and think about what's best for my body, myself, my family."

Zampa is however expected to be part of the the ODI squad for the India tour that will follow the Test series. The first ODI will be played on February 17 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

For the Tests though Australia have gone in with Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson and the uncapped off-spinner Todd Murphy as their spin options.

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