Jun 14, 2020
Australia legspinner Adam Zampa has returned to his home state New South Wales after seven seasons with South Australia.
Zampa made his first-class debut for NSW in 2012 and played three Sheffield Shield matches and four one-day games for them before moving to South Australia in 2013, where he picked up 95 first-class wickets and 51 one-day wickets in 35 and 34 matches respectively.
“The prospect of moving back home and being able to play for the state I started with and where I played my junior cricket means a lot to me,” Zampa said. “The thing I’m looking forward to the most is playing with some guys that I was really close with when I was a rookie at NSW. The likes of Sean Abbott, Dan Hughes and Harry Conway. I love pushing guys around me to get better and I think NSW cricket teams have always been a great environment for this.”
Zampa fills the gap created by left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe’s retirement from first-class cricket earlier this year after NSW decided not to offer him a contract.
In the last two years, Zampa played only three Shield games for South Australia – where he picked up five wickets – but he is geared up. “I’m looking forward to testing myself in Shield cricket with a team of this calibre and I’m hoping to get the opportunity of playing with Nathan Lyon down the track. My partner Harriet and I will be able to spend a lot more time with both our families.”
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Zampa is one of seven contracted international players in the NSW side alongside Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc and David Warner.
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