Zampa dismisses Warne comparisons


Young Australia leg spinner Adam Zampa has dismissed comparisons to Shane Warne, saying that the only thing he has in common with the spin legend is a smooth run up.

Zampa was excellent at the recent IPL, averaging less than 10 with the ball and taking 12 wickets despite playing only five games for the Rising Pune Supergiants.

But he says that he has a long way to go to be anywhere near as consistent as Warne was.

Zampa said on the CA website: "Most people who say that probably just see my smooth run up and don't actually see the ball come out of my hand.

"There's only one Shane Warne and there's probably only ever going to one guy like him who can bowl as many strong leg breaks all day for five days straight. It's pretty unheard of.

"He was so big and so strong and his leg spinner was just unbelievable.

"It's something to strive towards, but I'm a long way off that. My run up is similar but that's about it."

Zampa's next assignment is with the ODI team in the Caribbean, where they will play a tri-series with South Africa and the West Indies, and the leggie is hopeful that conditions will help him out.

Zampa added: "The conditions (in the Caribbean) are going to suit me from what the boys have told me.

"I've only played the two ODIs and I think I did pretty well at the Twenty20 World Cup so moving forward hopefully I can continue to do well.

"I think there's something like 20 ODIs in the next 12 months so if I do well and cement that spot, it's going to be a pretty exciting 12 months for me.

"Hopefully that cements my spot even more into the future.

"(A white-ball specialist) is probably the way some people look at me at the moment, but in the last two or three years I haven't played that much four-day cricket anyway.

"The opportunities I've been given and the way I'm bowling now compared to 12 months ago – which is about three Shield games ago for me – I think I'm a much better bowler now. I know I'm a much better bowler now then I was back then.

"I'm happy to be playing one-dayers and T20s, but I'd be disappointed in myself if I felt like I wasn't improving.

"I feel like that's happening so if that continues then I'm happy."