Adam Zampa says `no intention` of being next Shane Warne
Sydney: Young Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has said that he has no intention of being the next Shane Warne, following his shift from the domestic New South Wales (NSW) side to the South Australia team.
A self-confessed hardcore fan of Shane Warne, Zampa has grown up watching his idol`s videos and has admitted to copying Warne`s delivery method, which was evident during coverage of last season`s Big Bash League.
Zampa`s 10 wickets at 23.9 in his three Sheffield Shield matches for NSW is slightly better than Warne`s 25.41 Test average.
However, Zampa said he had no interest to be the next Warne, adding that he is still working on what his best bowling action will be.
Dismissing comparisons between himself and Warne, Zampa said that although he is pleased that people compare him with the spin legend, he is aware of the fact that Warne is one of a kind and he is just a young leg-spinner who is still in a learning process.
Stating that he is aware of the difficulties involved in playing Test cricket, Zampa said that the reason he has shifted to South Australia is to learn how to play in Tests, adding that he wants to play as many Sheffield Shield matches as he can to improve his talent.
Zampa, who only took to bowling leggies as a teenager when his father told him he likely would not grow big enough to be a fast bowler, said that the few spinners that have come up since Warne are no deterrent in honing his craft, adding that there have not been enough good-performing leg spinners since the retirement of his idol.
However, Zampa praised finger spinners Nathan Lyons and Michael Beers and refugee leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, although he added that there is a lack of consistent performance from the bowlers.
Zampa will fly to Brisbane for a three-month stint at Cricket Australia`s Centre of Excellence, teamed with the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh and young speedster Gurinder Sandhu.