England vs Australia: Adam Zampa wants “world class” Steve Smith back for series decider


Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa is eager to have “world-class” Steve Smith back on the team as the tourists bid on Wednesday for a win in the third one-day international at Old Trafford. Smith has been on the sidelines for the first two games of the three-game series against world champions England after being hit on the head during practice on Thursday. Australia has repeatedly said that the star hitman is rested purely as a precaution, despite passing two concussion tests. They won the opening game on Friday by 19 runs and galloped to victory 144-2 on Sunday, chasing a goal of 232.

Australia suffered a dramatic collapse, sparked by pacemen Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, when England won by 24 runs to tie the series.

“It’s disappointing that he (Smith) has missed the last few games,” Zampa told a conference call on Monday.

“He’s a world-class player and has that experience. It’s pretty clear that if Steve Smith is fit, he’s on most cricket teams. I hope he’s back for the third game.”

Australia rode to victory as captain Aaron Finch (73) and Marnus Labuschagne (48) formed a partnership of 107 before a wave of wickets emerged on a used field.

“Marnus and Finchy played it beautifully, I think once you lose a wicket after such a big partnership it’s really hard to start, balls hit the toe of the bat and some hit the handle of the bat too”, Zampa said.

“We were so close to winning the series with a game over. When you see that happening, it’s never easy.”

England have made a habit of recovering from seemingly hopeless positions to beat Australia, winning last year’s Ashes Test at Headingley by one wicket and fighting back for a two-run victory in the first Twenty20 at Southampton earlier this year. month.

“It says England is a very, very good cricket team,” said Zampa when asked about those results. “Their one-day cricket for the past four or five years has been incredible – they really attack with the bat and do the job with the ball.

“They read the conditions very well, the bowlers have literally hit the top of the punch all the time and they are very disciplined. England is just a really good cricket team and we can learn a lot from them.”

Zampa was in good shape this tour. The 28-year-old is the leading bowler on both sides in the ODI series with seven wickets at an average of just 13.

“I really enjoy bowling the death overs, I love those pressovers, especially when the game is on the line,” he said.


English leg spinner Adil Rashid found himself also bowling late in Sunday’s game when, despite 67 runs against 9.4 overs, he finished the game with eight balls left by punching Alex Carey.

“I love watching him,” said Zampa. “He’s in control, but he’s also a really brave bowler. He always attacks and tries to get wickets. ‘

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