Adam Zampa might never again come as close to taking a hat-trick, but the Australian legspinner is not blaming teammate Matthew Wade for putting down a difficult chance.
The 29-year-old was the star in Australia’s eight-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh on Thursday that’s put their Twenty20 World Cup campaign back on track.
Zampa finished with career-best figures of 5-19 as Australia rolled Bangladesh for just 73 to cap off an almost perfect outing.
But Zampa should have had six wickets, which would have given him the best return of any Australian bowler in a T20I.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade put down an edge off Taskin Ahmed to deny Zampa a hat-trick.
Zampa could only smile about the immediate response he received.
“I got the two wickets probably three overs before my next ball so I didn’t think anyone else knew I was on a hat-trick,” Zampa said.
“I wanted it that way because I didn’t want the batsmen to know either in case he slogged one.
“I said, ‘Wadey, that was my hat-trick’ and he goes, ‘yeah, I know, I tried to catch it for you.
“I’ve never got a hat-trick, still haven’t got one but I can’t really blame Wadey too much, he’s been taking some beautiful catches.”
Australia’s demolition of Bangladesh, achieved with 82 balls to spare, puts them in the box-seat to reach the semi-finals.
They will now almost certainly progress to the last-four if they defeat the West Indies on Saturday.
Australia moved past South Africa on net run-rate into second place in their group due to reaching Bangladesh’s target inside eight overs.
“(West Indies) are such a dangerous side, particularly for me as a spin bowler, they have guys who can hit it out of the park,” Zampa said.
“We’ve got the big quicks and we feel like that’s going to be a bit of an ace against these guys.”