Adam Zampa, the veteran Australian legspinner, added that the team was a little low after their defeats in the first two matches of the World Cup, but also added that everyone backed each other to do their roles better and come good. Zampa played a key role with the ball in Australia’s first win of the World Cup as Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets.
The legspinner also said that he was coming into the match suffering from a bit of back spasm. “This is a bit of a random one to be honest. I did a gym session a couple of nights ago and I don’t know if you’ve ever had a back spasm, but I was worse for wear the last couple of days. I had to do a fitness test before the game today. Yeah, I felt like adrenaline was going to get me through and a bit of Panadein Forte. So yeah, it was a tough one to get through today, but yeah, I think as I said, one of those random ones that will wear off in the next day or so.”
Adam Zampa, who was awarded player of the match for his stunning show against Sri Lanka, failed to do well in the first two games of the tournament, especially being the only frontline spinner in the squad. He returned figures of 0/53 and 1/70 in the first two matches as well respectively.
He added, “I’m very good at self-reflection. So yeah, I look back on the first two games and I’ll probably look at the last game as one where I could have made a difference there and made it easy for those other guys. But yeah, the Indian game, I mean, we’re under the pump defending 200 and I’m always going to be the guy who tries to get wickets. I’m not going to try and let the game peter out and let it go into nothing. So yeah, figures, whatever. It’s more about my attitude and reflecting on that too. Did I bowl the ball where I wanted it to? Did I make the right decisions? Did I put my game on the line to try and make a difference? And that’s how I think about it. I don’t really care about combined figures. It’s just doing what I can to try and help win the game.”
While speaking of the team’s condition after early tournament losses against India and South Africa, Zampa added that it was a flat feeling as they knew they could do better from what they did.
“After the first two games there’s definitely a flat feeling in the change rooms. We all know that I think you could probably go from 1 to 11 and say we all could do our roles a little bit better, particularly those first two games. But we know, as Boss said the other day, we get backed into a corner and guys step up and we get on a roll, then anything can happen. It’s a World Cup, so get on a roll. Obviously, really big game against Pakistan in Bangalore, and if we can put it all together and play a good game there, you go 2 and 2 and the feeling’s much better,” Adam Zampa concluded.