Adam Zampa frustrated at New Zealand ODI series snub
Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa expressed his frustration after he was overlooked in the recent home One-Day International series against New Zealand despite being the leading wicket-taker this year in the format.
The 24-year-old featured in the first game of the series against the Black Caps in Sydney where he picked two wickets and conceded 66 runs but was dropped for the remaining two games as Australia went for all pace attack along with part-time off-spin of Travis Head.
Zampa also tops the list for leading wicket-taker in ODIs this year with 30 scalps from 19 games closely followed by his team-mate John Hastings, who has 29 from 15 matches.
The wily spinner could not hide his disappointment on missing out on the final two games along with Hastings (did not make it to the 14-man squad and now injured) despite being in top form throughout the year.
"To gain some momentum back after the whitewash in South Africa is always nice, but it's always disappointing personally when you don't really think there's a great reason why you're not playing," Zampa told cricket.com.au.
"I don't know if anyone is going to overtake me, but I'm the (world's) leading wicket-taker for the year at the moment and to have both me and Hasto (John Hastings) on the sidelines feels a bit odd."
The South Australia spinner insisted that it was baffling to remain on the sidelines without knowing the reason behind it.
"The selectors said to me that I'd been bowling well and I bowled well in the first game at the SCG, too. So I don't really know (why I was dropped), I didn't really get the feedback that you would like to try and improve on.
"So I guess if they think I'm bowling well there's not really much else I can really do."
Zampa is now expected to be in action for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan which begins on 13th January in Brisbane.
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