Adam Zampa has played a lot of cricket over the past few months and is looking for some rest in between his Big Bash League (BBL) fixtures for the Melbourne Renegades.
The lion-hearted leg-spinner played a crucial role in Australia winning a record-equalling sixth ODI World Cup title last month. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps from 11 games at an average of 22.39. Prior to the World Cup, Zampa played one T20I and two ODIs on the tour to South Africa. He was also a part of the Australian team for the five-match T20I series against India post the marquee event. However, he returned home after playing the second game.
Zampa was in action on Friday, December 8 in the BBL clash between the Renegades and Sydney Sixers. The veteran dismissed Steve Smith and Tom Curran off consecutive deliveries and finished with impressive figures of 2/24 in his four overs. Zampa is expected to feature in the Renegades’ clash on Sunday against defending champions Perth Scorchers. After this game, Zampa and Co. have an 11-day break. The Shellharbour-born is hoping to rest during that time to give his body a chance to recover after being on the road for a considerable period of time.
“Body’s probably not in an ideal situation but feeling much better than it was at the start of the World Cup. We’ve got a game in two day’s time then a little bit of a break so there’s periods now to try and get away from it, get the body good, and just get away from cricket because it’s been a big few months. It’s taken its toll, that’s for sure,” Zampa told reporters as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Still waking up most mornings pinching myself: Adam Zampa
Zampa said that the World Cup triumph is yet to sink in for him. The diminutive spinner said that he never imagined he would play as long as he has for the ‘Men in Yellow’.
“Been home for a week and still waking up most morning’s pinching myself. Personally I can’t believe I’m at this stage of my career. I always felt like I was scrapping just to stay in the Australian team. Never really thought I’d play as much as I have for Australia. You are grateful to be there for a lot of it, never really think about winning World Cups then you get to the stage in the last couple of years where it’s all you want. To be sitting here now, to have won a T20 World Cup two years ago and now the one-day World Cup, it means a lot to me,” Zampa mentioned.
Zampa, who has represented Australia in 96 ODIs and 74 T20Is said that the chance to play and win more World Cups has kept him going. “More World Cups. There’s no better feeling,” he said.