Former Australia all-rounder David Hussey has opined that Adam Zampa’s exclusion from Australia’s Test squad for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar series in India may have put curtains on the latter’s chances of making a career in the longest format of the game. White-ball expert Hussey was upset by Zampa’s exclusion despite having been guaranteed a Test spot for the India tour.
Adam Zampa was excluded from the top four spinners’ list in Australia’s Test squad, which left him hurt. The spinner, who has had a tremendous repute in limited-overs cricket in recent years, questioned his place in the longest format of the game in an emotional interview on Friday, 13 January.
During a recent chat with SEN Radio, David Hussey said, “He (Zampa) played a red-ball Shield game for New South Wales against Victoria at the Junction Oval just prior to the Big Bash starting and he bowled particularly well. I think all reports from (head coach Andrew) McDonald and (chairman of selectors) George Bailey (was that) he (Zampa) was going to be going to India.”
He further added, “Unfortunately for Adam (Zampa) he didn’t get the nod, but personally I think he would do an excellent job. Not too dissimilar to Anil Kumble, who was a fine bowler for India for many a year. Purely a sub-continent selection, I think he would have done a great job. But it would seem with his snub that his Test aspirations have probably passed him by.”
Adam Zampa recently hinted that he had received word that he might be included in India’s Test tour.
Elaborating the same, during a chat with cricket.com.au., Adam Zampa said, “I thought with the way that I’ve been going in international cricket in particular that this was going to be my opportunity (to play Test cricket). And that was the message I got six weeks ago as well that this was going to be a very good chance I could potentially be on it but now that I’m not, I’m very flat about it and it’s time to just move on from it.”
The selectors have opted for Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar, Todd Murphy, and Mitch Swepson in the spin department in the 18-member squad.
Elaborating the same, David Hussey said, “I’m a little bit biased… but the skill-set there, he (Zampa) bowls fast, he bowls with good overspin, he can turn it both ways and he really attacks the stumps, every time he bowls a ball the batsman is playing and bring the close fielders into play. I thought if he had got the nod and got the opportunity to play Test cricket in India, I don’t think he would have shamed himself at all, I think he would have done exceptionally well.”