Spinner Adam Zampa targets Tallawahs success

Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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The last time Adam Zampa was on show in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with Guyana Amazon Warriors, things did not go as well as he had hoped, but the Australian leg-spinner is now optimistic that the 2018 campaign with the Jamaica Tallawahs will be more fruitful.

Zampa was called up to the Jamaican franchise for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament as a last-minute replacement for Pakistani Shahid Afridi, who pulled out of the Tallawahs set-up due to injury.

“It has been really relaxed so far, obviously I love playing CPL. the last time I played it was a really enjoyable competition and this year is no different.

“We have been here for less than a week in Jamaica and 'Dre Russ' [Captain Andre Russell] has been a really good leader so far; he has been very calm in what he says to the guys and that's the way I like to play my cricket. So I am looking forward to a good campaign with the Tallawahs,” Zampa told the Jamaica Observer during the team's reception at Broken Plate on Canberra Crescent on Monday.

And his campaign is so far off to a bright start as he joined the Tallawahs in Trinidad and Tobago last week where they scored a four-wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders, thanks to a superb century from Captain Andre Russell.

Zampa, a veteran of 84 T20 matches in which he has taken 98 wickets at an economy rate of 7.14, claimed one wicket for 35 runs in that contest mere hours after touching down in the twin- island republic.

During his 2016 campaign with the Amazon Warriors, the 26-year-old grabbed 15 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 7.07, including two three-wicket hauls.

Given his subtle changes of pace and variations, including a googly and straight ball making up for a lack of prodigious turn, Zampa is expected to prove a formidable foe as the tournament progresses as he has over the years proven to be a hard bowler to get away in this format.

“I don't think I was really settled in from a bowling perspective. I wasn't at my best in the last game and I think as a bowling unit we have to step up a little bit more because, obviously, Dre Russ won us the game and honestly it was nice to get away with not being at our best and still win the game.

“I literally got off a flight the night before to play in that game so I was a little bit jetlagged. But it is nice to finally get settled in and have a training session, and I think we will improve from the last game,” Zampa noted.

Though winning his first CPL title with the two-time champion franchise is among his ambitions, Zampa pointed out that his main goal throughout the season is to improve his craft and eventually earn a spot back in the Australian limited-overs set-up.

Zampa has represented South Australia and the Melbourne Stars and was campaigning for the Essex in England's Vitality Blast prior to his trip to the Caribbean.

“I actually played 10 games for Essex so I feel like I have the form to bowl really well, but I just really appreciate the opportunity to be in Jamaica and represent Jamaica Tallawahs.

“It means that I can play a bit more cricket before the Australian season as well and I would like to get back into the Australian ODI team, so it would be a nice little opportunity to make my mark here on white ball cricket again,” he declared.

Jamaica Tallawahs were yesterday scheduled to play the first of two home games at Sabina Park against St Lucia Stars and will square off with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots today.

“I only ever played one game at Sabina Park and it didn't go too well for us when I was at Guyana, so I am hoping the fortunes will be different this time around with the Tallawahs with the crowd support behind us. I think we have a really good team and we are being led well, so I think it is going to go really well,” Zampa ended.

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