Legspinner Adam Zampa, eyeing a Test debut on Australia’s tour of India, feels he is a better bowler now and could prove valuable to the red-ball side next year in sub-continental conditions.
Zampa returned to the Sheffield Shield after three years, taking 3 for 57 in the first innings for New South Wales against Victoria, as he now prepares for the upcoming Big Bash League.
“It’s there, it’s in the mind,” Zampa, who made his white-ball debut for Australia in 2016, told reporters about his Test bid on Wednesday.
“I played that Shield game for a reason and it was really good to play red-ball cricket and carry the workload. I was just curious how it would feel and what it would be like.
“My game has progressed, especially in the last three years, to be of value to a red-ball team. I know my record doesn’t really speak for itself – it certainly doesn’t – but I think I’ve made improvements that could potentially be tailored to those circumstances.”
for India Zampa will face experienced off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
“I will never be Nathan Lyon, who is the No. 1 spinner in the Australian team, wherever he is in the world. I know it,” the 30-year-old said.
So if it happens, I’m looking forward to going on that tour, but it won’t be like this forever. There aren’t sub-continent tours every year, they happen every year, so I know my chances are limited,” he said, adding that Mitch Swepson and Todd Murphy are also right in the mix.