Aussie hero's epic takedown of Michael Vaughan after World Cup triumph

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Adam Zampa, pictured here after Australia's victory in the T20 World Cup final.
Adam Zampa took a pointed shot at Michael Vaughan after the T20 World Cup final. Image: Getty

Michael Vaughan's words have come back to haunt him following Australia's triumph at the T20 World Cup.

Mitch Marsh's crowning moment captured Australia its first men's T20 World Cup title on Monday, marking the side's most unexpected and ground-breaking cricket triumph since 1987.

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The men's T20 World Cup, launched in 2007, has never captured the attention of Australian fans, players and selectors like the one-day equivalent.

The Aussies were despised outsiders heading into the tournament, with question marks aplenty after embarrassing series losses to West Indies and Bangladesh in recent times.

Speaking before the World Cup, former England captain Vaughan completely wrote the Aussies off.

“I’ll say it now, I don’t give Australia much chance," he said in October.

"In T20 cricket they’ve struggled. Glenn Maxwell’s exceptional so he will have to have an incredible tournament. But I don’t see the Aussies doing too much. 

"England, India, West Indies, New Zealand, one of those four and maybe Pakistan because of the conditions."

Vaughan's prediction turned out to be way off the mark, and Australian hero Adam Zampa wasn't about to let him forget it.

As the Aussies celebrated wildly following the drought-breaking victory, Zampa took to Instagram with a pointed swipe at Vaughan.

The leg-spinner posted a photo of the Aussies celebrating in the dressing rooms, using Vaughan's exact quote at the captain.

Adam Zampa among Aussies in team of the tournament

Meanwhile, Zampa, David Warner and Josh Hazlewood have been named in the International Cricket Council's team of the World Cup.

First-time Cup winners Australia had the most players included in the team - captained by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam - that was picked by a panel of commentators, former international players and journalists.

South Africa, Sri Lanka and England had two players each, with Babar, the tournament's top-scorer, and New Zealand seamer Trent Boult rounding out the selection.

Warner racked up a tally of 289 runs - the second most of the tournament - at a healthy average of 48.16.

The opener was also named player of the tournament after helping propel his team to victory in Sunday's final against New Zealand.

Adam Zampa, pictured here in action for Australia in the T20 World Cup final.
Adam Zampa in action for Australia in the T20 World Cup final. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Zampa took 13 wickets (second most) at 12.07 across his seven matches, while conceding at an average of 5.81 runs an over.

He also produced the best figures of the tournament with 5-19.

Hazlewood was second only to Boult among pacemen on the tournament's wicket-takers list, snaring 11 wickets at 15.90.

England's Jos Buttler was chosen to don the wicketkeeping gloves with England's Moeen Ali picked as the all-rounder.

ICC team of the tournament

David Warner (Australia), Joss Buttler (England), Babar Azam (capt, Pakistan), Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka), Aiden Markram (South Africa), Moeen Ali (England), Waninda Hasaraanga (Sri Lanka), Adam Zampa (Australia), Josh Hazlewood (Australia), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Anrich Nortje (South Africa).

with AAP

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