According to the latest reports, Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa has called in for review of the usage of "drop-in" pitches in Australia's domestic cricket matches. As per the leg-spinner, who is known to be a specialist in the shorter format of the game, the use of drop-in pitches has created difficulties for slow bowlers in the Sheffield Shield,.
Zampa said, “It’s really hard to get a wicket now that’s a day four turner with any rough.” He added, “(Spin has) basically been taken out of the game now except for maybe the SCG for example - sometimes - if the weather suits as well. We’ve had to play a different role in first-class cricket, that’s for sure.”
Zampa's comments came after the retirement of one of the best spinners in Australian domestic cricket, Steve O'Keefe.
The latter, however, failed to land a central contract from the Australian Cricket Board for New South Wales, which is being seen as one of the reasons for Zampa to make his comment.
The leg spinner added, “I don’t know if it has to be every wicket but I think there has to be some sort of emphasis in bringing spin bowlers back into the game, particularly on day four as well.” In fact, the use of "drop-in" pitches has been witnessed by almost every major venue in Australia except for the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Gabba, which has helped them to be "rough and patchy" on the fourth day of the Shield matches, a top favourite for any slow bowler or spinner for that reason.
Zampa is known to be one of the regular players in the shorter formats for the Australian team but has been struggling to get into the test team with an unimpressive average of 48.26 from 38 first-class matches so far.
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