The Australian legspinner, Adam Zampa, admitted that the team was down after losing the first two games of the World Cup but added that everyone backed each other to do their jobs better and come out on top.
Zampa was instrumental with the ball in Australia’s first World Cup victory, a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. With a 125-run opening stand, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera gave Sri Lanka a strong start before Zampa triggered a collapse of the middle order with four wickets. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc chipped in with a brace each to help him to a sub-par total of 209. Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis responded with half-centuries to make quick work of the chase.
Live Cricket Score learned that the legspinner admitted that he was suffering from a back spasm prior to the match. “To be honest, this is a bit of a random one,” Zampa said after Australia defeated Sri Lanka on Monday (October 17). “I went to the gym a couple of nights ago, and I don’t know if you’ve ever had a back spasm, but I was feeling a little worse for wear the last couple of days.”
“Before today’s game, I had to take a fitness test. Yeah, I figured adrenaline and a little Panadein Forte would get me through. So, yeah, it was tough to get through today, but I believe it was one of those random ones that will wear off in the next day or so, as I mentioned.”
Zampa, who was named player of the match for his performance against Sri Lanka, was under fire after underperforming in the first two games of the tournament, particularly as the team’s lone frontline spin option. He had figures of 0/53 and 1/70 in the first two games, respectively.