Adam Zampa    AFP
Adam Zampa AFP

Melbourne: Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa has taken a veiled swipe at national selectors for not selecting him for the upcoming four-match Test series in India, saying his defensive bowling style and his experience of playing in the sub-continent could have helped his team. The squad to be led by Steve Smith includes six batsman, four spin bowlers, three pace bowlers, two all-rounders and a wicketkeeper. Uncapped leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was named in the team to boost the spin contingent, which also includes Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar and Steve O’Keefe. However, Zampa was a surprise omission from the 16-man Test.

Obviously from the press conference with Trevor Hohns, they ve gone for a more attacking option, quoted Zampa as saying. It s disappointing just being seen as just a defensive option. I thought the defensive bowling style usually works in those conditions and my experience over there could ve helped. But it s nice to have that healthy competition now. Mitchell Swepson s a very good bowler. I ve watched him throughout the BBL, he added. Swepson has just 14 first-class games to his name, taking 41 wickets at an average of 33, whereas, Zampa has 62 scalps at 50 from 25 matches. The 24-year-old has taken 18 wickets in 11 limited-overs matches on the subcontinent for Australia.

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Australia, which sit at the second spot in the ICC Test Rankings following a 3-0 whitewash in their home series against Pakistan, will face a herculean task against the Virat Kohli-led side. Australia have not won a Test in India since 2004 and their last series victory in Asia came against Sri Lanka in 2011.They have since suffered nine straight Test losses in the subcontinent.