World Cup didn’t go the way it should have for me: Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa went at more than 7 an over in the World Cup and picked up 5 wickets from 4 matches. (AFP Image)

Adam Zampa looks to put the disappointment of the World Cup on the backburner as he gets ready to up his game in the Marsh Cup 2019. Zampa, Australia’s lone legspinner in the World Cup, played four matches and picked up five wickets, including a best of 3/60 against Afghanistan in Bristol in his team’s first match.

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But Zampa soon faded with poor returns. He conceded 50 runs from six overs without a wicket and went an over seven an over against West Indies and Bangladesh before Zampa was replaced by offspinner Nathan Lyon. Zampa admitted he was hurt not be part of Australia’s remaining six games, including the semifinal against Australia at Edgbaston.

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“I suppose the way the World Cup went people expected the leg-spinners to have a different tournament to what they did,” Zampa said Monday. “The weather didn’t help it, the wickets weren’t as dry as we expected them to be. But, yeah, personally it didn’t go the way I felt it should.”

Zampa averaged over 47 in the World Cup when greater things were expected of him. In the build-up to the tournament, the legspinner was only behind Pat Cummins as the leading wicket-taker against India at home. Having made his debut in 2016, Zampa finished as the best bowler of the year, grabbing 30 wickets from only 19 matches, but injuries left him with sporadic appearances for Australia.

Zampa was part of the Essex’s victorious campaign in the T20 Blast where he finished with just 12 wicket from 14 games. However, the legspinner is looking forward to the Marsh Cup in order to step up his game when South Australia Redbacks take on Queensland Bulls on Tuesday in Brisbane.

“I’m not going to change too much,” he said. “I’ve had a really good few years in one-day cricket, particularly at the domestic level. I’m pretty consistent, so I’m going to keep it pretty simple and do what I’ve always done, pretty much.”

“We’ve spoken about adapting, we think if it’s a used wicket the scores might be a bit lower over the next few days. We know Queensland go hard and they’re going to keep coming hard with the bat so it’s about bowling really defensively, and trying to take wickets throughout the middle is really important.

Zampa added getting wickets against Queensland will be crucial for they comprise some impactful batsmen. One of them is Zampa’s World Cup teammate Alex Carey, who finished the tournament with 375 runs from nine innings at an average of 62.5 and scored 264 runs from eight innings for Sussex in the T20 Blast.

“It’s important to take wickets early against Queensland,” Zampa said. “They’ve got dangerous guys throughout. “He’s got some presence at the moment, Kezza. The way he’s playing with the bat, the way he’s kept for the last few years too, he’s one of those guys who keeps getting better and better.”