MY TURN: Adam Zampa responded to his demotion from the Australian T20 team with a man-of-the-match performance on his return.
MY TURN: Adam Zampa responded to his demotion from the Australian T20 team with a man-of-the-match performance on his return. TRACEY NEARMY

Zampa wants his turn as first picked for Australia

CRICKET: Having responded to the "hurt' of a puzzling Twenty20 demotion in match-winning style, leg-spinner Adam Zampa's set on showing what Test skipper Steve Smith's missing in India.

Man-of-the-match Zampa's 3-25 rescued Australia from a 3-0, Twenty20 whitewash against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Wednesday night.

Australia took four specialist tweakers to India including leg-spin bolter Mitch Swepson and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar behind Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon.

Zampa says it's all or nothing in a quest for national selection.

"It doesn't really matter where I am in the pecking order. It is just trying to be first picked," Zampa said.

"I feel pretty comfortable at international level. We play a lot in BBL against guns on flat wickets. I feel like I bowl really well when under pressure."

Zampa took 2-26 in Australia's last-ball loss to Sri Lanka in Melbourne but was axed for the decisive game two in Geelong in a move he couldn't comprehend.

"You always pump yourself up to put in a good performance next game after being dropped, so it's nice to get a few wickets," Zampa said.

"It did (hurt) this time just because I felt like I could make a difference to that game in Geelong - and, looking back on it now, the whole series."

Zampa has been a victim of the collective 76-wicket success of South Australian new-ball pair Chadd Sayers and Kane Richardson this season.

And there's been slim pickings in four first-class starts compared to being main man for Indian Premier League side Pune.

The Shield clash against Joe Burns' Queensland starting Saturday at Adelaide Oval provides another chance to shine if Sayers, Richardson and fit-again Daniel Worrall don't overwhelm the visitors.

"I feel like I have been bowling really well for the Redbacks. It has been spinning a little bit and seaming here in Adelaide, so I will just try and keep it simple," said Zampa, who has 14 first-class wickets this season.

"It has been really nice with Chadd Sayers and Kane Richardson getting so many wickets.

"I bowl at some pretty good times to lower orders. I am trying to take that opportunity in Sheffield Shield cricket when I can.

"Sometimes I don't play a role at all as we are bowling teams out for 120. I am doing what I can.

"Franky Worrall will be an absolute nightmare with the Dukes ball, hopefully I get some overs in."

News Corp Australia


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