Adam Zampa has fired a shot back at former Aussie captain Michael Clarke after the criticism levelled at the team ahead of their World Cup triumph. Zampa enjoyed a stunning World Cup having taken the most wickets of any Australian bowler.
The spinner took 23 wickets at an average of 22.39 and earned a position in the International Cricket Council's 'Team of the Tournament' for his efforts. Zampa struggled in the opening two games against India and South Africa after struggling through cramps and a bizarre accident in the lead-up to the tournament.
Zampa then found form and helped spin Australia into the final having won nine straight games to lift the title in a showdown against hosts India. However, Zampa appears to have kept tabs on the criticism piled on the Aussie team after they went 0-2 to start the group stage.
Former captain Clarke was critical of Pat Cummins' captaincy after the South Africa game - despite backing him as the long-term captain - for his decisions. He also took aim at Australia's preparation leading into the World Cup.
“Now here, our preparation for this World Cup, we won two games out of seven. We had a brilliant lead-in for this World Cup, an awesome amount of cricket, good competitive cricket," Clarke said on Sky Sports Radio's Big Sports Breakfast. “We should have turned up to India in our prime.”
He also argued Australia could struggle against teams accustomed to the conditions and a repeat of the Wallabies' struggles at the World Cup could be on the cards. “If we’re not careful the conversation we’ve been having for the last three weeks about the Wallabies, in two weeks’ time we’ll be having that about Australian cricket," Clarke added.
Adam Zampa pulling out his Receipts🤣
They absolutely turned up in there Prime obviously In India 😁😁
But still ""We ain't going anywhere ""🤣#TravisHead #PatCummins #INDvsAUS #Warner #Labuschagne#Smith #Starc #Zampa #ViratKohli #RohitSharma #Bumrah pic.twitter.com/CtKekCyut1
— Charlie (@Shanks63331148) November 21, 2023
In then aftermath of Australia's masterclass against India in the World Cup final, Zampa has taken a swipe at Clarke. Clearly sitting on the comments that were aimed at the Australian team, Zampa reposted Clarke's words on Tuesday night.
He accompanied the post with multiple laughing emojis. The move comes as Cummins silenced his doubters with a masterclass in the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Pat Cummins captaincy shines in World Cup final
Cummins copped plenty of criticism over his captaincy in the group stage of the World Cup, but the fast bowler silenced his critics in the knockout stages. And all eyes were on the toss in the build-up to the final against the previously undefeated India as batting first was deemed important.
India thought the pitch would play straight into the hands of their prolific spinners, with Aussie captain Cummins even raising concerns about the state it was in during the final. But in the end Cummins made the huge call to bowl first and bat second, having read the pitch much better than counterpart Rohit Sharma. The Indian captain admitted he would have batted first even when Cummins opted to bowl.
Cummins recognised how slow the pitch would be and sent India in, with the tournament hosts struggling with the lack of pace. The Aussie captain also knew that dew would speed up the deck later in the evening under lights, making it much easier for his batters. The fast-bowler's captaincy and aggressive tactics in the semi-final against South Africa and the final against India proved brilliant as the captain has silenced the doubters in 2023.
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