New Zealand cricket May 5, 2012

Andre Adams' international career

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From Thomas Alcock, UK

Andre (not Andrew as my spell checker prefers to call him) Ryan Adams. Now aged 36, Adams joined Nottinghamshire in 2007, you would imagine after a highly successful international career with New Zealand. Since joining he has been the mainstay of the Notts attack.

Twenty-five wickets in three-and-a-bit games this season, 67 from 16 last season (average of 22.61) and 68 the year before – including the wicket of Chanderpaul to seal the title County Championship . He was successful in 2008 and 2007, did well at Essex for three seasons before that, and has been winning trophies for Auckland during the English winter since 1997.

Combine that with some mighty biffing down the order (good enough to score three first-class tons and eighteen fifties) and sprightly fielding and you have a very fine player. So a highly successful international career? No – I don’t understand why though.

He made his one and only Test match appearance against England at Eden Park in 2002, a match that New Zealand won and in doing so squared a three-match series 1-1. So you would assume Adams didn’t have the best of games? Wrong again. He took 6 for 105, the six being Vaughan, Flintoff, Giles, Hussain, Foster and Hoggard, but was never picked again.

In era where New Zealand have remained just about competitive, and only just, it really does seem like they missed a trick with Adams. A highly effective bowler in all conditions, but especially those that offer a little for the seamer, like Trent Bridge and the majority of New Zealand’s home Test match grounds.

My assumption is that Adams for too long was labelled a one-day player. Not because of amazing success in one-day cricket, his bowling and batting averages are far stronger in first-class cricket (the opposite is the case for many bowlers), simply because he could whack a ball at No. 8 or 9. That is why his international career reads 1 Test match and 42 ODIs.

His ODI performances were solid but he did not set the world alight – one-day cricket is not his strongest suit. Perhaps if he was a rabbit with the bat like Chris Martin, his record might have read 42 Tests and a solitary ODI.

I hope England learn a lesson from Adams’ career, and apply that knowledge to the career of Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire bowling-allrounder. Woakes currently averages 33 with the bat and 25 with the ball in first-class cricket, and 18 and 35 in List A. He has played 4 ODIs and 0 Tests. Like Adams, he will always be a stronger four/five day performer because of the type of seamer he is. Unless the selectors realise this, Woakes might have to bat like Hoggard and Fraser to get a chance of playing a Test.

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  • Nick on September 25, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Everyone has rose tinted glasses about Adams past performances. He was inconsistent and had a lot of recurring injuries which probably contributed as much to his non-selection as anytyhing else.

  • Campbell Sinclair on September 19, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Ashok Malam please explain more about Adams alleged misbehavior

  • Campbell Sinclair on September 19, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    As a Kiwi I always wondered what happned to Andre Adams. 42 ODIs and only one test. How typical of the amateurish way that Adams was managed by NZC and he follows a list of players that were not utilized properly by NZC and the equally useless Bracewell.. He was a huge talent that was under utilized , a wicked seamer that should have played alot of test matches but was always seen as an all rounder that was useful at 9 in ODIs. During his career NZ seemed obssesed with fiding a Bond like replacement for test matches and ignored and seen only as a ODI bowler that could bat well.

  • Campbell Sinclair on September 19, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    As a Kiwi I always wondered what happned to Andre Adams. 42 ODIs and only one test. How typical of the amateurish way that Adams was managed by NZC and he follows a list of players that were not utilized properly by NZC and the equally useless Bracewell.. He was a huge talent that was under utilized , a wicked seamer that should have played alot of test matches but was always seen as an all rounder that was useful at 9 in ODIs. During his career NZ seemed obssesed with fiding a Bond like replacement for test matches and ignored and seen only as a ODI bowler that could bat well.

  • Ashok Malam on September 6, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    He not picked in blackcaps because of his misbehaviour with team.

  • Craig on July 22, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Adams and mike mason would have served NZ very well for along time if we had the guts to pick them and not look for the next Shane bond or hadlee replacement

  • Gerald on July 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    In fairness, Andre Adams had a few really poor years there in NZ. Its only in recent years that he's really come into his prime. But he would undoubtedly be a great player for NZ now!

  • Alex B on May 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    A falling out with the hierarchy at the wrong time meant he had moved on to other things by the time we needed him, which is the story of Glenn Turner as well as Andre Adams.

    A microcosm of the fishbowl that New Zealand can be, and New Zealand cricket in particular which has always been rife with parochialism - all you have to do is look at how long Ken Rutherford kept a place in the side and all the conspiracy theories when he was finally dropped from the team, about 3 years after he should have been as wasn't good enough.

  • Risco on May 7, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Thought I would add this - Adams never made his high school 1st XI ( Westlake Boys) because of his tendecy to slog the ball in all circumstances, so in effect, he has always been underrated in New Zealand and its a shame really

  • Risco on May 7, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Thought I would add this - Adams never made his high school 1st XI ( Westlake Boys) because of his tendecy to slog the ball in all circumstances, so in effect, he has always been underrated in New Zealand and its a shame really

  • Nick on September 25, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Everyone has rose tinted glasses about Adams past performances. He was inconsistent and had a lot of recurring injuries which probably contributed as much to his non-selection as anytyhing else.

  • Campbell Sinclair on September 19, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Ashok Malam please explain more about Adams alleged misbehavior

  • Campbell Sinclair on September 19, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    As a Kiwi I always wondered what happned to Andre Adams. 42 ODIs and only one test. How typical of the amateurish way that Adams was managed by NZC and he follows a list of players that were not utilized properly by NZC and the equally useless Bracewell.. He was a huge talent that was under utilized , a wicked seamer that should have played alot of test matches but was always seen as an all rounder that was useful at 9 in ODIs. During his career NZ seemed obssesed with fiding a Bond like replacement for test matches and ignored and seen only as a ODI bowler that could bat well.

  • Campbell Sinclair on September 19, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    As a Kiwi I always wondered what happned to Andre Adams. 42 ODIs and only one test. How typical of the amateurish way that Adams was managed by NZC and he follows a list of players that were not utilized properly by NZC and the equally useless Bracewell.. He was a huge talent that was under utilized , a wicked seamer that should have played alot of test matches but was always seen as an all rounder that was useful at 9 in ODIs. During his career NZ seemed obssesed with fiding a Bond like replacement for test matches and ignored and seen only as a ODI bowler that could bat well.

  • Ashok Malam on September 6, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    He not picked in blackcaps because of his misbehaviour with team.

  • Craig on July 22, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Adams and mike mason would have served NZ very well for along time if we had the guts to pick them and not look for the next Shane bond or hadlee replacement

  • Gerald on July 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    In fairness, Andre Adams had a few really poor years there in NZ. Its only in recent years that he's really come into his prime. But he would undoubtedly be a great player for NZ now!

  • Alex B on May 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    A falling out with the hierarchy at the wrong time meant he had moved on to other things by the time we needed him, which is the story of Glenn Turner as well as Andre Adams.

    A microcosm of the fishbowl that New Zealand can be, and New Zealand cricket in particular which has always been rife with parochialism - all you have to do is look at how long Ken Rutherford kept a place in the side and all the conspiracy theories when he was finally dropped from the team, about 3 years after he should have been as wasn't good enough.

  • Risco on May 7, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Thought I would add this - Adams never made his high school 1st XI ( Westlake Boys) because of his tendecy to slog the ball in all circumstances, so in effect, he has always been underrated in New Zealand and its a shame really

  • Risco on May 7, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Thought I would add this - Adams never made his high school 1st XI ( Westlake Boys) because of his tendecy to slog the ball in all circumstances, so in effect, he has always been underrated in New Zealand and its a shame really

  • Jurie Schoeman on May 6, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    He and Vernon Philander are very similar bowlers, and Philander played 3/4 ODIs for SA 5 years ago, but didn't do too well and looked like he's never play international cricket again. He too is a far better test / first-class bowler than one day or T20 bowler.

    But takes bravery from selectors to do that.

    Adams must have had a serious falling-out with captains or coaches.

  • Ross on May 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Andre Adams is without doubt a quality player. He reminds me of certain Mr.I Botham. Granted, he may not have the same pedigree but has similarities in the same mould. Given more chances at test level he may well have developed his game into a genuine all rounder of international note. It was incredibly short sighted of the New Zealand cricket to let him ply his trade on the county and first class circuit. I wonder how many other nations would have treated him with such irrelevance. Meanwhile he continues to be a player that would be a serious contender as county all rounder of the year. Early days though, but who else would you pick!

  • Paul Leary on May 6, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Excellent point about some bowlers being more suited to the longer form and I'm glad you highlighted the case of Chris Woakes. As a regular-ish watcher of Surrey, I've often felt the same about Stuart Meaker, whose searing pace can go around the park in the shorter form, but in the last 18 months has been a lethat wicket taker in the County Championship.

  • anupam on May 6, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    yes he is also mine one time favorite, but never understood why NZC dropped him,he was a geniune allronder and a real strong match winner

  • Arthur on May 5, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    its not Andre Adams.Its Andre Vin Diesel Adams,this guy is so badass he can make any player stop and say,'Wow,i wish my dad was as cool as him back in my youth'. Cant wait to see him in CLT2O , shame he doesnt play for BlackCaps anymore,wouldve loved to see him in TestCricket Arena again.Also , he should get a place in IPL too

  • Lauren Abbott on May 5, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    andre adams is a loyal and outstanding player for Notts. Our gain New Zealands loss!!!!! He has come a long way since his spell at Kimberley in the Notts Premier League (also outstanding there) Fantastic Player!!!!

  • unbelievable on May 5, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    yes, thats what happened, he was labelled a one day genuis, which sometimes he was, i can remember him helping NZ bowl England out foe 87 in a one dayer. Also NZ went through a period where they were always looking for a fast bowler rather than the best bowlers. Andre always had the knack of getting wickets espicially good wickets - the better players in the opposition. you only have to look at average in first class cricket over a long time at 23 to see he has always had consistency, compare that to Daniel Vettori around 33 to see who is a better bowler. However thats not totally fare, because Dan has not been the same bowler for 5 years or longer. As was shown in the test in Australia when they played without him and won. I do not think he has the same desire he use to have whereas Andre is in a renaissance. Well done Mr Adams.

  • Nick on May 5, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Andre apparently fell out with the then NZ coach, John Bracewell. At one stage, he got fed up, publicly criticised Bracewell, then joined the ICL, which effectively ended his international career. He was clearly the best long-form seamer in the country after Bond, who himself was banned from international cricket. NZ struggles enough with its limited depth to produced international quality talent, and it also has a disturbing tendency to shoot itself in the foot by ostracising what little talent it does have. Adams, Bond, McMillan, Vincent, Cairns etc back then. Now it's Ryder (although it seems to be more Jesse's fault, to be fair), and, perhaps most gallingly of all, John Wright.

  • Yash Rungta on May 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Andre Adams was one of my favourite players. A good bowler who could easily bowl long spells of 10-12 overs with good efficiency, a dashing lower order batsman who could score quick runs with the tailenders and a very atheletic fielder. What else do you want? Probably as good as my all time favourite Chris Cairns. Though Cairns was a better batsman, Adams was a better fielder. Though Cairns was a probably a better bowler, Adams was some fitter bowling long spells and not getting injured as frequently as Cairns.

    Even at 36 he is a much better bet than other players and I hope NZ give him a last shot at Test Cricket for 2-3 years.

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  • Yash Rungta on May 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Andre Adams was one of my favourite players. A good bowler who could easily bowl long spells of 10-12 overs with good efficiency, a dashing lower order batsman who could score quick runs with the tailenders and a very atheletic fielder. What else do you want? Probably as good as my all time favourite Chris Cairns. Though Cairns was a better batsman, Adams was a better fielder. Though Cairns was a probably a better bowler, Adams was some fitter bowling long spells and not getting injured as frequently as Cairns.

    Even at 36 he is a much better bet than other players and I hope NZ give him a last shot at Test Cricket for 2-3 years.

  • Nick on May 5, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Andre apparently fell out with the then NZ coach, John Bracewell. At one stage, he got fed up, publicly criticised Bracewell, then joined the ICL, which effectively ended his international career. He was clearly the best long-form seamer in the country after Bond, who himself was banned from international cricket. NZ struggles enough with its limited depth to produced international quality talent, and it also has a disturbing tendency to shoot itself in the foot by ostracising what little talent it does have. Adams, Bond, McMillan, Vincent, Cairns etc back then. Now it's Ryder (although it seems to be more Jesse's fault, to be fair), and, perhaps most gallingly of all, John Wright.

  • unbelievable on May 5, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    yes, thats what happened, he was labelled a one day genuis, which sometimes he was, i can remember him helping NZ bowl England out foe 87 in a one dayer. Also NZ went through a period where they were always looking for a fast bowler rather than the best bowlers. Andre always had the knack of getting wickets espicially good wickets - the better players in the opposition. you only have to look at average in first class cricket over a long time at 23 to see he has always had consistency, compare that to Daniel Vettori around 33 to see who is a better bowler. However thats not totally fare, because Dan has not been the same bowler for 5 years or longer. As was shown in the test in Australia when they played without him and won. I do not think he has the same desire he use to have whereas Andre is in a renaissance. Well done Mr Adams.

  • Lauren Abbott on May 5, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    andre adams is a loyal and outstanding player for Notts. Our gain New Zealands loss!!!!! He has come a long way since his spell at Kimberley in the Notts Premier League (also outstanding there) Fantastic Player!!!!

  • Arthur on May 5, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    its not Andre Adams.Its Andre Vin Diesel Adams,this guy is so badass he can make any player stop and say,'Wow,i wish my dad was as cool as him back in my youth'. Cant wait to see him in CLT2O , shame he doesnt play for BlackCaps anymore,wouldve loved to see him in TestCricket Arena again.Also , he should get a place in IPL too

  • anupam on May 6, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    yes he is also mine one time favorite, but never understood why NZC dropped him,he was a geniune allronder and a real strong match winner

  • Paul Leary on May 6, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Excellent point about some bowlers being more suited to the longer form and I'm glad you highlighted the case of Chris Woakes. As a regular-ish watcher of Surrey, I've often felt the same about Stuart Meaker, whose searing pace can go around the park in the shorter form, but in the last 18 months has been a lethat wicket taker in the County Championship.

  • Ross on May 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Andre Adams is without doubt a quality player. He reminds me of certain Mr.I Botham. Granted, he may not have the same pedigree but has similarities in the same mould. Given more chances at test level he may well have developed his game into a genuine all rounder of international note. It was incredibly short sighted of the New Zealand cricket to let him ply his trade on the county and first class circuit. I wonder how many other nations would have treated him with such irrelevance. Meanwhile he continues to be a player that would be a serious contender as county all rounder of the year. Early days though, but who else would you pick!

  • Jurie Schoeman on May 6, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    He and Vernon Philander are very similar bowlers, and Philander played 3/4 ODIs for SA 5 years ago, but didn't do too well and looked like he's never play international cricket again. He too is a far better test / first-class bowler than one day or T20 bowler.

    But takes bravery from selectors to do that.

    Adams must have had a serious falling-out with captains or coaches.

  • Risco on May 7, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Thought I would add this - Adams never made his high school 1st XI ( Westlake Boys) because of his tendecy to slog the ball in all circumstances, so in effect, he has always been underrated in New Zealand and its a shame really