Having played his first ICC Men's T20 World Cup as a 23-year-old in 2016, Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa will return to the event as a much more experienced and mature bowler, when Australia pursue their first title at the 2020 event that begins in October at home.
Zampa is now Australia's frontline white-ball spinner. He has over 100 international wickets to his name. And he is a veteran of 147 T20 games, having made a mark in tournaments such as the Big Bash League and Indian Premier League.
He is now set to play a much different, more important role in Australia's XI when they take the field at the seventh edition of the tournament, as opposed to the previous occasion, when his focus was more on just getting an opportunity to play.
"I was just excited to be there [in 2016] and it was disappointing to lose," Zampa said after Australia's 2-1 series win in the T20Is against South Africa. "I just look back and think, 'wow, I've played a World Cup', but I think it's a little bit different now. I've got the drive to win games for Australia. I think I can help that, rather than thinking I'm just happy to be there."
Despite the years of experience under his belt now, Zampa admits to still not feeling comfortable at the international level. But he doesn't think it's a bad thing, as it keeps him on his toes, constantly seeking ways to improve himself, and grow as a player and a person.
"Even now I don't feel comfortable, which is probably a good thing to be honest," Zampa said. "I haven't been comfortable since I've been playing professional cricket, so hope it's a good thing that keeps me driven, and as I said earlier, I hope for constant improvement. As I get older, get more experience, train harder and think about the game a bit different …"
"I just look back and think, 'wow, I've played a World Cup', but I think it's a little bit different now. I've got the drive to win games for Australia."
Alongside Lungi Ngidi, Zampa was the most successful bowler after team-mate Ashton Agar, in the T20Is against South Africa. He will now turn his attention to the three-match ODI series, and Zampa is looking to start afresh, as he doesn't subscribe to the belief that some hold of ODIs being an elongated version of T20.
"It actually takes a bit of adapting from T20 cricket to one-day cricket," he said. "It's not [similar], I don't find it to be similar at all to be honest. Yeah, it's going to be a good couple of days' preparation and good confidence after this win. But I think there is a different thought to how T20 works from one-day cricket."
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