Test cricket Zampa’s ultimate goal

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Australia spinner, Adam Zampa, has made a terrific start to the triangular series in the West Indies, but the youngster says his ultimate goal is to break into the Test team.

Zampa's success at ODI level may inhibit his growth in the longer form of the game though, as his international duties reduce the amount of game-time he gets in the Sheffield Shield for South Australia.

The young tweaker told cricket.com.au: "I think I've only played about five Shield games in the past 12 months or so."

The 24-year-old admitted that the lack of Sheffield Shield action troubles him: "So it is frustrating only because I really enjoy that format. I love playing for South Australia and Adelaide Oval is a great place to play, so all those things added up means it is frustrating.

"But in terms of making it to the next level in that format, I want to keep improving my bowling.

"I think if I look at myself 12 months ago, 18 months ago, or 24 months ago, I think I'm ten times a better bowler than I was then."

Zampa feels that getting to play all over the world, in different conditions will help his game in the long term, and he is determined to work on becoming a better bowler: "Obviously I need to work out the conditions, bowling in Australia compared to bowling in places like here or India.

"I think the more I can experience that the better I'll be anyway."

Australia have a number of tours to the subcontinent coming up, with the tour to Sri Lanka on the horizon, as well as a tour to India, and Australia may opt to reschedule the tour to Bangladesh that was postponed in 2015. This will mean plenty of forthcoming opportunities for Australia's back-up spinners to press for a place in the team.

These tours should provide Zampa with an opportunity to make a big push towards earning that baggy green cap: "If I keep improving the way I think I've been improving, it's definitely something that I think is on the cards,"

Nathan Lyon has made the test spinners spot his own in recent times, and it would take a string of really special performances from the young leg-spinner to dethrone the reigning spin king, but that isn't something that weighs too heavily on Zampa's mind:

"Nathan is doing a great job at the moment and I'm very happy where I am playing Twenty20 cricket and one-day cricket.

"I just want to keep improving and hopefully if that opportunity does arrive, I'll definitely be ready for it."

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