Australia is out for revenge tonight in the second ODI on Indian soil. The tourists, hot off a historic T20 series victory, were downed by six wickets in the first ODI as Indian veteran MS Dhoni ran riot with the bat to steer his side home.
Aussie veteran Shaun Marsh is set for a recall, bolstering Australia’s order for the crucial match at VCA Stadium.
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Maxwell a key figure in Zampa’s redemption
Adam Zampa was a nervous wreck upon returning to international cricket last November.
The young leggie was deeply uncertain about his place in the team, stewing about World Cup selection and sending down far too many half-trackers to South Africa’s batsmen at Adelaide Oval.
Now, the legspinner’s trademark control and confidence has returned to a point where he is on track to be Australia’s frontline spinner in their World Cup defence.
The transformation has taken place in both international and BBL games, during which Glenn Maxwell has been a constant source of support.
Zampa has vivid memories of Australia’s seven-run win over the Proteas last November – and not just because it snapped the nation’s worst losing streak in ODIs.
“My first three overs were my worst three overs I’ve ever bowled,” Zampa recalled.
“I was just so nervous. It was my first game back.
“When you are in and out of the team, you feel like you need to perform. You’re thinking ahead too much.” Maxwell, who captained Zampa at the Melbourne Stars this season, helped him regain composure with a pep talk and the tweaker held his own while deliveringfour of the game’s final eight overs.
“He said ‘this is why I love having you at the Melbourne Stars, this is why we love having you in the team, these are the situations you love bowling in, the pressure situations’,” Zampa said.
“His leadership at the Stars was really good for me. He made me believe I could bowl the first over or the 20th over … he’s a natural leader. “If you have people pushing you it gives you a bit of belief. “I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself… trying not to be too harsh on myself either.” Coach Justin Langer and captain Aaron Finch have also done a good job ofthat, while Zampa nominated personal mentor Trent Woodhill as a key redemptive figure in the past year.
The current tour of India, during which Zampa has excelled in the first two Twenty20s and opening ODI while twice capturingthe prized scalp of Virat Kohli, shapes as his World Cup launching pad.
The 26-year-old has returned to the populous nation for the first time since a miserable tour in 2017, which threatened to end his international career. “The downfall started last time we came to India,” Zampa said. “I fell into the trap of justthinking ‘that was a one-off, I was underprepared and I’ll use that as an excuse’.
“It definitely took a little while (to rebuild confidence and form).”