Lyon’s share is noth­ing

Vet­eran Hogg says off­spin­ner won’t play in World Cup be­cause of Zampa’s form

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - LEAGUE - SAM LANDSBERGE­R LON­DON

NATHAN Lyon can start pre­par­ing for the Ashes be­cause he won’t play a sin­gle World Cup game af­ter Adam Zampa’s im­pres­sive re­turn, ac­cord­ing to dual World Cup win­ner Brad Hogg.

Hogg sus­pected Zampa’s in­ter­na­tional ca­reer was close to ex­pir­ing and, like Shane Warne, thought se­lec­tors would in­stead plump for Lyon for Thurs­day’s clash against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, which Aus­tralia won by 48 runs.

But af­ter Zampa went largely un­re­warded (1-68 off nine overs) de­spite bowl­ing bril­liantly on a pitch as flat as a pan­cake, Hogg said Lyon’s World Cup dream looked over.

“It’s def­i­nitely the best I’ve seen Zampa bowl in the last two or three years,” Hogg told The Sun­day Tele­graph. “He got dropped a cou­ple of games ago and I just think this is the last roll of the dice for him.

“He’s got to show some­thing oth­er­wise they’ll move on af­ter this World Cup. But he showed what he’s ac­tu­ally got in his trick bag. He was turn­ing the ball a lot more. He was get­ting a lot more drift than I’ve seen him get and he was just get­ting that over­spin.”

Zampa, 27, was spanked out of the at­tack by In­dia (0-50 off six overs) and the legspin­ner was then dropped for the next two games be­fore get­ting the green light to come back ahead of Lyon, who is the only un­used Aussie in the 15-man squad.

While eye­brows were raised when Zampa bowled faster than usual against Bangladesh, Hogg said the speed gun was merely a “gim­mick” and should be dis­counted.

“That (speed) is not the ques­tion,” Hogg said. “He was get­ting bet­ter shape on the ball, he was get­ting more drop and drift and he was bam­boo­zling the bats­men in the air.

“You could see the rev­o­lu­tions and he was get­ting more bounce. That tells me that he’s get­ting more rev­o­lu­tions on that ball. You can sum up whether a bowler is bowl­ing well or not with the ex­tra bounce. Then he just got that ex­tra turn off the pitch, which put the ic­ing on the cake.”

With just three group matches left, Aus­tralia has not guar­an­teed Lyon a game, al­though coach Justin Langer floated the idea of pair­ing Zampa and Lyon against South Africa at Old Traf­ford. One of the semi-fi­nals will also be played in Manch­ester al­though Langer also pointed out the quicks were dom­i­nat­ing this tour­na­ment, and his pace bat­tery was fir­ing.

All­rounder Glenn Maxwell also said Zampa bowled bril­liantly against Bangladesh. Hogg, who took more World Cup wick­ets than Warne (34) to sit fourth on Aus­tralia’s list, said se­lec­tors got it right choos­ing Lyon in the 15man squad but the rain had sim­ply washed away his op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I don’t think Nathan Lyon is go­ing to get a chance in the World Cup now with the way Zampa bowled (against Bangladesh),” Hogg said. “I was sur­prised Nathan Lyon didn’t play in front of Adam Zampa. I’m not be­ing rude to Zamps, I just didn’t think he was bowl­ing well enough.

“Nathan Lyon is ex­cep­tion­ally good at main­tain­ing one end and not let­ting the bats­men get on top on of him. He’s a tighter bowler than what Adam Zampa is, but Zampa got that go and it’s just bad luck for Nathan.

“That’s the na­ture of the beast with sport, isn’t it? It falls on your side of the ledger ev­ery now and then.”

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