Adam Zampa admits a sharp turnaround from the Cricket World Cup into the Australian summer season is less than ideal on his body.
Illness and injury hampered the 31-year-old early on in the World Cup but he rebounded as Australia’s sole specialist spinner with three straight four-wicket efforts.
He wound up with a tournament-high, record-equalling 23 wickets for a spinner, tying the mark set by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan in 2007.
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It’s been less than three weeks since Australia won the tournament, celebrated, and returned Down Under.
Several players from that winning squad have funnelled back into their respective Big Bash teams, including Zampa who took two wickets for the Melbourne Renegades on Friday.
Speaking post-match, the leg-spinner said he’s still feeling the effects of the tournament.
A reduced BBL13 schedule is something of a reprieve, however. The Renegades face the Perth Scorchers on Sunday before an 11-day break.
World Cup 2023 team of the tournament in pictures
The regular season has been reduced to 10 games per side. This year’s Big Bash League is down from 61 regular season matches to 44.
“Body’s probably not in an ideal situation but feeling much better than it was at the start of the World Cup,” said Zampa.
“We’ve got a game in two day’s time then a little bit of a break so there’s periods now to try and get away from it, get the body good and just get away from cricket because it’s been a big few months. It’s taken its toll, that’s for sure.”
Despite a quick turnaround from the World Cup into the home summer, Zampa said he’s still basking in the glory of his team’s win.
It’s a surreal achievement given he never thought he’d last as long in the national team.
“I’ve been home for a week and still waking up most mornings pinching myself,” he said.
“Personally, I can’t believe I’m at this stage of my career. I always felt like I was scrapping just to stay in the Australian team. Never really thought I’d play as much as I have for Australia.
“You are grateful to be there for a lot of it, never really think about winning World Cups then you get to the stage in the last couple of years where it’s all you want.
“To be sitting here now, to have won a T20 World Cup two years ago and now the one-day World Cup, it means a lot to me.”