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Paul Adams      

Full name Paul Regan Adams

Born January 20, 1977, Cape Town, Cape Province

Current age 37 years 246 days

Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Western Province

Nickname Gogga

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman

Paul Regan Adams
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 45 55 15 360 35 9.00 1012 35.57 0 0 32 4 29 0
ODIs 24 9 5 66 33* 16.50 124 53.22 0 0 5 0 7 0
First-class 141 156 54 1752 70 17.17 0 2 73 0
List A 76 26 10 180 33* 11.25 0 0 22 0
Twenty20 12 5 2 53 17* 17.66 34 155.88 0 0 4 2 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 45 76 8850 4405 134 7/128 10/106 32.87 2.98 66.0 5 4 1
ODIs 24 23 1109 815 29 3/26 3/26 28.10 4.40 38.2 0 0 0
First-class 141 27102 13456 412 9/79 32.66 2.97 65.7 16 3
List A 76 3156 2262 84 3/12 3/12 26.92 4.30 37.5 0 0 0
Twenty20 12 10 207 239 9 3/19 3/19 26.55 6.92 23.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Dec 26-30, 1995 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 10-14, 2004 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 9, 1996 scorecard
Last ODI South Africa v Zimbabwe at Southampton, Jul 10, 2003 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1995/96
Last First-class Griqualand West v Western Province at Kimberley, Mar 13-15, 2008 scorecard
List A debut 1995/96
Last List A Cape Cobras v Eagles at Paarl, Feb 24, 2008 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Titans v Western Province Boland at Centurion, Apr 18, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Eagles v Cape Cobras at Bloemfontein, Feb 19, 2006 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1*, 0/34, 0 W Province v Griq West Kimberley 13 Mar 2008 FC
0/36 Cape Cobras v Eagles Paarl 24 Feb 2008 LA
11 Cape Cobras v Dolphins Cape Town 22 Feb 2008 LA
0/23, 4 Cape Cobras v Zimbabwe Harare 17 Feb 2008 LA
1/40 Cape Cobras v Lions Cape Town 13 Feb 2008 LA
17*, 0/3 W Province v KZN-Inland Cape Town 3 Feb 2008 LA
19*, 1/4, 4/26 W Province v KZN-Inland Cape Town 31 Jan 2008 FC
4, 1/39, 12 Sth Afr XI v Zimbabwe Paarl 20 Dec 2007 FC
7, 1/33 Ntini XI v West Indians East London 14 Dec 2007 Other
1, 2/19 W Province v S West D Oudtshoorn 4 Nov 2007 LA
Profile

Paul Adams broke onto the scene as an 18-year-old with his "frog in a blender" action that so tormented England when they visited South Africa in 1995-96. The action itself contributed to his burgeoning wicket-haul for at least a year as batsmen were hopelessly caught in the blurry glare of the impossible contortion. But as soon as the element of surprise wore off, Adams often suffered for a lack of variety and his appearances for South Africa grew fewer. When first discovered by former South Africa great Eddie Barlow, Adams knew nothing of googlies and chinamen, calling his deliveries simply "inspinners" and "outspinners". His head pointed skyward at the moment of delivery, yet he appeared to be able to change his trajectory if the batsman used his feet. Although photographic evidence suggested otherwise, Adams said he could see enough of the batsman to know what he was doing. His career was hampered by injury at crucial times, and he lost his No. 1 slow-bowler spot to Nicky Boje, but no left-arm spinner has taken more Test wickets for South Africa. However, his last Test appearance came in 2004 and then South Africa looked elsewhere on a permanent basis. He even drifted out of first-class cricket before announcing his retirement in October 2008. Known as Gogga, meaning insect, or simply Goges to his friends, Adams was a bundle of energy, with a taste in music some of his team-mates found hard to understand.
Neil Manthorp

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Mar 11, 2004

Paul Adams in action against New Zealand, Hamilton, March 11, 2004

Paul Adams in action against New Zealand

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Mar 11, 2004

Paul Adams clean bowled, New Zealand v South Africa, Hamilton, 1st Test, March 11, 2004

Paul Adams clean bowled

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Mar 9, 2004

Paul Adams in the nets, Hamilton, March 9, 2004

Paul Adams in the nets

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Notes

Western Province debut same season
Education: Plumstead High School
Junior Representative Cricket: WPB Nuff 1994

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Knights v Warriors at Bloemfontein
Sep 25-28, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
Lions v Titans at Johannesburg
Sep 25-28, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
12th Match, Group B: Tridents v Cape Cobras at Mohali
Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
14th Match, Group A: Dolphins v Lahore Lions at Bangalore
Sep 27, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
17th Match, Group B: Cape Cobras v Kings XI at Mohali
Sep 28, 2014 (20:00 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
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