Zampa: We’re treating the game against England as a quarter-final

“Australians in ICC tournaments in the past have thrived on that pressure and hopefully we can do the same”

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Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has said that his side are treating their Champions Trophy clash against England like a quarter-final.

Australia have only managed to secure two points from their two group stage games thus far as both of them were washed out.

As a result of this, they must beat England, who have won both their games, on Saturday in order to have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament. If they fail to do so, they will be eliminated.

“It would be frustrating if the results don’t go our way towards the end of the tournament,” Zampa said. “If we do scrape into the finals, then it doesn’t really matter. It is what it is at the moment. If we can play well against England and get into the finals, none of what has happened really matters.

“We just spoke about it in the team meeting then. We’re looking at it as a quarter-final. Australians in ICC tournaments in the past have thrived on that pressure and hopefully we can do the same.”

Zampa featured in his first game of the Champions Trophy against Bangladesh on Monday and finished with figures of 2-13 off four overs.

However, Australia skipper Steve Smith waited until the 35th over and after part-time off-spinner Travis Head had bowled eight overs before bringing Zampa on.

Despite Zampa’s impressive performance against Bangladesh, he has failed to cement a place in Australia’s ODI squad even though he was their highest wicket-taker in the format last year with 30 victims at an average of 27.80.

“It probably didn’t help with the two left-handers in,” Zampa said. “Heady’s bowling really well at the moment and the other end was with the wind, so the quicks were coming from that end. Heady is doing a great job. Preferably Smithy doesn’t want me to bowl to two left-handers. Luckily we do have Heady and Maxy to bowl those overs.

“I think we’ve seen with selections in Australia and other places, with the firepower and the depth that we have with the quicks and the allrounders and Heady bowling really well, I only come into consideration when the wickets suit. I think a used wicket like today was somewhere I could play a role.”

Meanwhile, Zampa’s new hairstyle has garnered a lot of attention in the Australian camp, so much so that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell even described it as “very shocking”.

When asked about this, Zampa said: “It probably wasn’t in the best nick for a couple of days but now the missus has arrived and she said I’ve got to tone it. As you can see it’s a little bit of a different colour than it was a few days ago. It’s a little bit different… Happy with it now.

“I reckon I’m the guy the blokes go to for a bit of a mood change. The last couple of hours or so I was trying to keep the boys up and about. Undies on the head a little bit when you’re watching the rain. Try and make the boys laugh wherever I can.”

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