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Adam Zampa critical of Australian pitches, calls for spin-conducive conditions
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Adam Zampa critical of Australian pitches, calls for spin-conducive conditions

Adam Zampa has called for a review of Australian pitches, which he feels are to blame for the dearth of spinners in the country's first-class circuit.

Zampa criticised Australian decks in the domestic Sheffield Shield for diminishing the importance of spinners in the longer version of the game.

Drop-in pitches have become the norm in most major stadiums across the country and the nature of such surfaces makes it harder for spinners to operate.

"It's really hard to get a wicket now that's a day four turner with any rough," the legspinner told reporters in a video call.

"[Spin has] basically been taken out of the game now except for maybe the SCG for example - sometimes - if the weather suits as well," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

"We've had to play a different role in first-class cricket, that's for sure."

Zampa's concerns are shared by his compatriots Usman Khawaja and Steve O'Keefe, who also feared the current system hampers the growth of red-ball spinners.

Khawaja, captain of the Queensland side, remarked that he was often reluctant to introduce wrist-spinner Mitchell Swepson into the attack to reduce the burden on his pacers while O'Keefe retired from first-class cricket after being dropped from New South Wales' squad.

"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," Zampa emphasised.

The 28-year-old's role in the national side is presently restricted to the white-ball setup but he is keen on earning his maiden Test cap.

Zampa's mediocre red-ball record might not push a case for an appearance on the Test arena, however, he aims to eradicate this perception. He averages 48.26 across 38 first-class matches, though his short-form performances give the impression that he does indeed possess the skill to be more consistent.

Zampa, who is set to finalise a move from South Australia to NSW, claimed he was willing to play second-fiddle to the incumbent Nathan Lyon in Tests.

"Over the last few years it's probably really easy for people to pinpoint me as a while-ball bowler," he said.

"I really want to change people's perceptions."