Before the season started, Glenn Maxwell was ruled out due to a season-ending injury and the Melbourne Stars looked to Adam Zampa to take the reins of captaincy for the BBL|12 season.
On Tuesday night, Zampa got his feet wet with the new role in their loss to the Sydney Thunder in the season opener.
Zampa did his job with his bowling duties, taking 2/27 off four overs, displaying his experience and ability under pressure to help his team get closer to successfully defending their batting score of 8/122.
In the ninth over, he bowled opposing captain Jason Sangha, heaping more pressure on the Thunder.
Zampa’s bowling saw a quick change of direction off the bounce, which would also bowl Alex Ross out in the 15th over, making the Thunder 7-89 with five overs remaining.
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With the wicket of Ross, Zampa achieved the milestone of becoming the first spin bowler to take 100 wickets in the BBL.
The Stars would lose to the Thunder on the final ball of the game, losing by one wicket in Canberra, but the Stars captain had many takeaways about the season’s start.
“A game of inches, my run out [and the] decision of not throwing it to Trent to make it simpler, and the last few balls, the six from Green took the wind out of the sails,” said disappointed Zampa.
“I enjoyed the challenge [of captaincy], enjoyed the pressure of it, that’s when I am at my best, when I’m up for the fight, I won’t back away from it.”
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