Vegan cricketer helps Australia take victory

| 5 January 2024
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Vegan cricketer Adam Zampa celebrates after Australia win the World Cup

The Australian cricket team won the cricket World Cup for the sixth time after beating opponents, and two-time champions, India on their home turf.

Vegan Adam Zampa played a key part in the team’s performance, while setting records of his own. At the end of the group stage he had the most wickets of any bowler and he finished with the second highest haul, and the only spin bowler in the top 10.

He bypassed the Australian record of wickets at a World Cup taken by a spinner, set by the legendary late Share Warne and finished just one short of the world record of 23. Adam took four wickets in three consecutive matches and unexpectedly starred with the bat against England. His 29 runs off just 19 balls came after several matches where he had not needed to bat.

This another success for the worldclass player who has over 90 One Day International match appearances and 162 wickets.

Adam has been vegan since 2013, when he met some cows and realised they deserved to live:

“I met some animals, some cows, and just thought, ‘This isn’t food. They’re sentient beings who deserve a life as well’.”

He’s also aware of the environmental impact of animal agriculture on wildlife and manages the land he lives on to benefit the wildlife there.


Content sourced and adapted with permission from Great Vegan Athletes.

About the author
Nicholas Hallows
Nicholas has been vegan since the early 2000s and worked for Viva! between 2017 and 2020 as a Senior Administrator and Web Content Assistant. He is a qualified teacher, specialising in Language and Literacy, and an accredited Proofreader and Editor. He is now a freelance writer covering topics including veganism, mindfulness and minimalism.

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