Adam Zampa says he will reconsider his red-ball future after barely losing out on a position in Australia’s Test team travelling to India. Zampa was told by selectors early in the summer that his case for the trip was being seriously evaluated, but he was pushed out by fellow leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson, as well as finger spinners Ashton Agar and Todd Murphy, when the roster was announced on Wednesday.
Adam Zampa losing out on a position in Australia
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Zampa added three wickets in a Sheffield Shield comeback in early December to his strong international stats across white-ball forms. Zampa revealed to the media while on Big Bash League duties as Melbourne Stars captain that he is doubtful if a Test call-up would ever come following his recent absence. I’m not sure what’s next for me right now. “I believed with the way I’ve been going in international cricket in especially that this was going to be my chance.
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“I’m terribly disappointed. I would have liked to have been a part of it.” According to the 30-year-old, Australian coach Andrew McDonald and national selector George Bailey had identified his speedier type of leg-spin bowling as a possible point of difference in the series. “I was extremely pleased to maybe be on this tour and give it a go. My bowling technique may have come in good out there, according to the text. That may have been a last-minute decision.
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That was the message I received six weeks ago as well – that this was going to be a really nice opportunity – but now that I’m not (on the tour), I’m quite flat about it and (it’s) time to move on.” Following the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia’s next red-ball assignment in Asia will be in mid-2025, when the team travels to Sri Lanka as part of the World Test Championship. At this point, Zampa’s focus will be on preparing for both the Cricket World Cup in India later this year and the 2024 T20 World Cup, which will be staged in the United States and the West Indies.
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“I’m not going to lock the door totally on red-ball cricket. Life is always about balance, and I’ve got a family and these white-ball tours and World Cups coming up, so I’ve got to try and think about what’s best for my health, myself, and my family.” Australia’s four-Test series against India began on February 9, with the two sides sitting atop the World Test Championship rankings. If they stay in the top two, they will meet in the World Test Championship final at the Oval in June.
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