Adam Zampa has taken a cheeky social media dig at former Australian captain Michael Clarke two days after the Aussies’ upset win over India in the Cricket World Cup final.
On his public Instagram account, Zampa posted quotes made by Clarke last month accompanied by several laughing emojis.
Clarke didn’t miss when criticising the Australian side in mid-October after they slumped to a second-straight defeat to open its World Cup campaign.
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Clarke called out the team as a whole as well as Pat Cummins’ captaincy and the decision to drop wicketkeeper Alex Carey in favour for Josh Inglis after one game of the tournament.
But perhaps the most scathing comment was comparing the ODI side to the Wallabies, who had just been disappointingly eliminated from the group stage of the Rugby Union World Cup.
“I’m more worried about the subcontinent teams… if we’re getting shown up like that against South Africa, the spin in the subcontinent teams… we’ll be laughable,” Clarke said.
“If we’re not careful the conversation we’ve been having for the last three weeks about the Wallabies, in two weeks’ time we’ll be having that about Australian cricket.”
It appears Clarke’s comments lit a fire under the belly of the Aussies, with the players not quick to forget the criticism.
They comments certainly didn’t age well. In the final against India, Inglis recorded five catches, the most by a keeper in a World Cup final while Cummins’ was lauded for his tactics as captain, which included deciding to win the toss and bowl.
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Zampa wasn’t the only Australian player to fire back at critics in recent days.
Reposting a graphic from ESPNcricinfo which outlined his stats at World Cups, opening batsmen David Warner added the comment “Who said I’m finished??”
Warner scored 535 runs for the 2023 tournament, averaging 48.6 and finishing sixth behind Virat Kohli on the highest runscorers list.
It was believed Warner would retire from international cricket after this summer’s test series against the West Indies, but he signalled during the World Cup that he’d like to continue playing one dayers and T20’s.
He even teased that the 2027 World Cup wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
“Chuffed to walk away as winners and 6 times champions. Our whole team should be extremely proud. Thanks again everyone, see you in 2027,” Warner wrote after the decider.
Aussie legend Mike Hussey told foxsports.com.au that he “wouldn’t write Warner off”.
“He’s been a champion player in all forms of the game for such a long, long, long period of time and you should never write off champion players, and that’s exactly what he is,” Hussey said.