Spin twins Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar sense they’re building a special relationship in Australia’s T20 side that could play a key role in next year’s World Cup.
Australia’s hot form in cricket’s shortest format has coincided with national selectors opting to utilise two specialist spinners in tandem after years of bucking the international trend by preferring to deploy one or the other.
Having dispatched of Sri Lanka in a 3-0 whitewash, Aaron Finch’s side will look to wrap up a series victory over Pakistan in Friday’s decider in Perth.
The hosts lead the series 1-0 having won in Canberra by seven wickets following the abandoned first game in Sydney.
T20 cricket has taken prominence in Australia’s international schedule ahead of hosting the World Cup next October.
Zampa and Agar both played in the 2016 edition in India as rookies but now have significant experience under their belt.
“Everyone’s trying to know their role and it’s pretty obvious for Ash and I to control the middle overs,” Zampa said this morning.
“I think we’ve been doing that pretty well. It’s something that we’re continuing to work on.
Obviously we’ve got a goal to be there at the T20 World Cup at the end of (next) year so the more we help each other, the more chance we’ve got of winning games and being there for that.
“We communicate really well out on the ground. That’s something that we’re really working on. He’s a different bowler to what I am but we are similar in some aspects so the communication is something that is a big part of our combination.”
Pakistan boast some outstanding players of spin, and their hopes of levelling the series in Perth could depend on their ability to extract maximum value from the middle overs.
Zampa went at 0-30 and 0-31 in the first two games but had little luck go his way.
“I think they’ve milked us quite well, a little bit better than what Sri Lanka did,” he said.
“But they haven’t taken too many risks, probably due to the fact that we’ve got early wickets and they’re trying to rebuild through the middle.
“They’re obviously really good players. You’ve seen Babar Azam and the way he’s playing at the moment – he’s really tough to bowl to.”
Victory in Perth would take Australia’s T20 international winning streak to eight games.
“We’re building towards something,” Zampa said.
“T20 internationals have always been a little bit frowned upon and don’t really have a space but at the moment it doesn’t really feel like that because everyone is working towards that T20 World Cup.”