It will take more than three consecutive sixes from Marlon Samuels to shake the confidence of young legspinner Adam Zampa.
Zampa recorded the worst bowling figures of his international career in St Kitts, where West Indies cruised to an upset four-wicket ODI win over Australia this week.
The 24-year-old finished with 2-60 from seven overs, with the hosts hammering six sixes off him.
Zampa had a novel solution to the onslaught. “He reckons it should be like snooker, where you have to call which pocket you’re going to,” George Bailey laughed.
“So the six Kieron Pollard tried to hit over midwicket because it went over point it should be out.”
Jokes aside, Bailey suggested the blows wouldn’t alter Zampa’s approach in the series and beyond.
The fresh-faced tweaker has often spoken of his love for high-pressure situations – and he delivered in a tense finish to Australia’s preceding match against South Africa.
“I don’t think you get to be a legspinner at this level unless you’ve been hit for a few sixes,” Bailey said of Zampa, the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
“They targeted him and to be honest I don’t think he had much help.
“We didn’t have them under enough pressure (in the field and from the other end), they were playing pretty freely.”
Zampa made his international debut in February and is desperate to establish himself as Australia’s frontline ODI spinner.
He played alongside Nathan Lyon in the opening two games of the tri-series on a spin-friendly pitch in Guyana, then was preferred over the Test offspinner in St Kitts.
“I don’t really feel entrenched in the XI,” Zampa said prior to the loss to West Indies.
“We’ve got lots of part-time options and when you’ve got the calibre of quicks you do in the Australian squad, you just never know what the thinking is.
“There’s about 20 one-dayers coming up in the next 12 months … it’d be great to be part of it (next year’s Champions Trophy in England).”
Zampa conceded it was a tough choice for selectors to make between him and Lyon, who was man of the match in Australia’s series-opening win over West Indies.
“Luckily Nathan and I have a really good relationship. There’s no bitterness or anything there,” he said. “It’s nice to have him walking around the boundary and giving me advice.”
Australia’s next match is against the Proteas in Barbados at 3am (AEST) on Monday.
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