Zampa and Lyon are the only specialist slow bowlers in Australia’s 15-man squad, which also features spinning all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
“I think it was a few months ago where we actually spoke to each other and said, ‘I reckon we can play a huge role coming up in the World Cup together so let’s do everything we can to make sure we’re both there’,” said Zampa
“So we’ve communicated really well over the last few months. We speak a lot in the nets, we speak a lot in the field, just about whatever – anything – spin bowling, field settings or how the ball’s going to come out. Just anything. So we communicate a lot and really well.
“I love playing with Nath. We play two different roles. He’s so accurate, beautiful offspinner. Bowls to his field really well, bowls really tight, and it means I can attack from the other end. So I really, really like bowling with ‘Gaz’. I think it’s going to play a huge role for us sometime throughout the World Cup. I don’t know if it will be every game but I definitely see us playing a huge role together.”
Zampa wasn’t selected for 2018’s ODI tour of England, but played for Essex in the T20 Blast at the time.
“I absolutely loved my time there,” he added.
“It was really tough and I think the added pressure of being an overseas player, you’ve got to really perform. So I found playing under those conditions and that pressure really good for me. Small ground. Chelmsford is probably the smallest ground in the world if you’ve ever been there, so yeah, that was enjoyable.”
Australia’s 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign will start against Afghanistan in Bristol on 1 June.