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Zampa keen on more spin for Australia

The Australia spinner is hoping to win a recall against England at the MCG on Saturday night


9 February 2018, 04:45 PM AEST

Zampa aiming for recall for MCG T20 clash

Legspinner Adam Zampa has questioned whether Australia is behind the curve when it comes to Twenty20 selections ahead of their tri-series clash with England in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Stars tweaker is yet to learn whether he'll be recalled for Saturday night's match at the MCG after missing out when the two sides met in Hobart.

He could only watch on from the sidelines on Wednesday night as left-armer Ashton Agar (2-15) and part-time tweaker Glenn Maxwell (3-10) shared in the spoils in a five-wicket victory.

Agar, Maxi leave England in a spin

Frustrated by the lack of certainty around his spot, Zampa has suggested Australia may be missing a trick with their reluctance to employ two specialist spinners.

While the practice has become common in domestic T20 leagues and other international sides, it has been a rarity for Australia during Zampa's time in the national setup.

"That's one of the questions that I asked (selectors) the other night," Zampa said in Melbourne on Friday.

"A lot of countries around the world are opting for two wrist-spinners, let alone no wrist-spinners. It's just the grounds and the situations we've got ourselves in probably that make it a little bit different in Australia.

"I think wrist spin is definitely the way forward in particular and even two or three spinners in a team.

"We saw the other night that it was the two spinners that changed the game for us so I think definitely having a wrist-spinner that can spin it both ways is always good to have in your team."

Bairstow beaten by Zampa's wrong one

Zampa, who claimed figures of 1-21 during Australia's series-opening win over New Zealand in Sydney, felt that he had bowled well but could have used greater restraint.

The 25-year-old is eager to lock down his spot with Australia on a mission to improve their standing in the short format ahead of hosting the World T20 in two years' time.

"I would like to think it's a better team with me in it," he said.

"The last couple of years I've hardly put a foot wrong in Twenty20 internationals. I was definitely disappointed not to play but the squad mentality thing is pretty important.

"Coming up to the MCG where I do play my Big Bash, hopefully I'll come into consideration."


Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

Australia squad: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

England squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler. 

First T20I Australia won by seven wickets. Scorecard

Second T20I Australia won by five wickets. Scorecard

Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets

Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21