Adam Zampa stiff to miss out at SCG: Aaron Finch
Nathan Lyon is the lone spinner in Australia's playing eleven.
Published - Jan 11, 2019 2:06 pm
Updated - Jan 11, 2019 2:08 pm
Australia recently announced the playing eleven for the first ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Adam Zampa, the 26-year-old leg-break bowler, didn’t find a place in the team. Previously, head coach Justin Langer mentioned that the hosts pondered playing two spinners with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Starc to shoulder the responsibility of one fast bowler.
However, Marsh was ruled out of the opening match and had to be hospitalised with gastritis. Subsequently, Ashton Turner, who is playing for Perth Scorchers in this Big Bash League (BBL) was called up as his replacement, but he didn’t break into the eleven. Marsh’s exclusion meant that Zampa had to miss out. Nathan Lyon is the lone spinner, who would be taking the field tomorrow.
It’s unfortunate for him to miss
Aaron Finch, the Aussie skipper, said that Zampa was unlucky to miss out and praised him for the impressive shows of late. “Adam’s very stiff to miss out on a game tomorrow, he’s performed reasonably well for us in the last little bit since he’s made his comeback,” the 32-year-old Finch was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
Finch also mentioned that the duo of Lyon and Zampa can be a handful for them, especially with upcoming matches in the Indian sub-continent. “It’s unfortunate for him to miss but we feel those two (Zampa and Lyon) together could play a really big part over the next six to 10 months. The conditions we’ll get in (ODI tours) India and UAE they’ll definitely be a place at some point for that,” he added.
Zampa recently played a couple of ODIs against South Africa where he remained wicketless in the two matches he played. Nevertheless, the New South Wales-born came back and bowled decently in the T20I series against Virat Kohli’s India where he got three wickets. The tweaker has also displayed good form, representing the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.
Watch: Best ODI XI of the year