Lyon pleased with Zampa’s development


Australia spinner Nathan Lyon knows that Adam Zampa is a threat to his place in the shorter formats, but still feels excited about the young leg spinner's future with the team.

Lyon is often seen as a Test specialist and doesn't always get picked for ODI or T20 games, while Zampa is becoming a more regular choice. But Lyon thinks there's nothing wrong with having depth in the spin stocks.

The veteran said of the blonde leggie: "It's exciting to see him come through. He's developing into a great spinner.

"He's backed himself. He understands where his game is at. He trusts his spinning ability and he's come along in leaps and bounds.

"We're really good mates … I've known him for a few years now.

"Hopefully if we get the chance to play out there in the middle together, we can win a couple of games for Australia."

Australia captain in all formats, Steve Smith, agreed that Zampa had come on in leaps and bounds: "He's certainly come a long way over the last couple of years.

"He knows what he wants to do and reads the batsmen very well. His control has improved a lot as well. Hopefully we see him continue to progress."