Geelong omission hurt Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa was impressive for Australia in the series against Sri Lanka
Adam Zampa was impressive for Australia in the series against Sri Lanka
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Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa admitted that his exclusion in the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Geelong left him frustrated.

The 24-year-old registered figures of 25 for two in the first game of the series in Melbourne but was overlooked for the second game with Aaron Finch citing wet conditions as the reason for the exclusion.

Despite, being the leading wicket-taker in One-Day Internationals for Australia last year, Zampa has been in and out of the team with the team management preferring an additional pace bowler, thereby handing the spin bowling responsibilities to part time option of Travis Head.

As a result, Sri Lanka went on to chase 174 riding on unbeaten 84 from Asela Gunaratne to seal the series.

"It did (hurt) this time," the 24-year-old said.

"Because I felt like I could have made a different to that game in Geelong.

"It's always easier when (the other bowlers) get early wickets, coming in and bowling when it's three or four down and they have to keep scoring, it makes my job a lot easier."

However, Zampa came back strong in the final game of the series where he picked three wickets along with Faulkner to help Australia to a 41-run consolation victory.

He was also awarded the man of the match for his performance and Zampa admitted that the performance in Adelaide was pleasing.

"It's always nice to come back and feel like you've put in a performance that you were thinking of over the last few days, after the frustration of not playing the last game,"

"You always pump yourself up to put in a good performance the next game after being dropped, so it's nice to get a few wickets."

"It's always easier when (the other bowlers) get early wickets, coming in and bowling when it's three or four down and they have to keep scoring, it makes my job a lot easier.

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