Adam Zampa asks Australian media not to call him 'Warnie' - Here's why

Zampa did well in Big Bash League, ICC WT20 and the IPL.

Updated: May 30, 2016, 14:48 PM IST
Adam Zampa asks Australian media not to call him 'Warnie' - Here's why

New Delhi: The Australian cricket team is yet to find a suitable replacement for Shane Warne even after he has long retired.

The initial success of young Adam Zampa has prompted comparisons with the leg-spin legend.

The 24-year-old has been picked in Australia`s squad for the triangular one-day international tournament in the Caribbean and will battle off-spinner Nathan Lyon and slow-bowling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for a place against West Indies and South Africa.

Zampa did well in Big Bash League, ICC WT20 and the IPL.

His bowling action and run-up have been compared to Warne's, which has further fuelled the hype, but the New South Welshman says that is where the similarities end.

"There`s only ever going to be one Shane Warne," Zampa told Australian media.

"The attributes he had, how strong he was, his leg-spinner was unbelievable and to be able to bowl that leg-spinner for as long as he did for five days for his whole career was something unbelievable.

"People do look at me and think I look a lot like him but I think the only thing that would be similar is the smoother run-up. It`s a nice comparison but I don`t really think about it that way."

Australia play the first ODI against West Indies in Providence, Guyana on June 5.

(With Agency inputs)