The sensation oft the 1995/96 season, Adams burst onto the scene with 8 wickets in his first Castle Cup match against Northern Transvaal and a week later took 9 wickets for South Africa A as they beat England in Kimberley. Although the selectors resisted calls for Adams to be drafted immediately into the test side, he was still the country's youngest Test player at 18 years 340 days when he appear in the 4th test against the Englishmen in Port Elizabeth.
A highly unorthodox left-arm spinner, whose head points to the ground at delivery, Adams gains considerable turn with his stock delivery, the left-arm bowler's googly, as well as the "chinaman" which turns into the right handed batsman.
Before attracting attention at senior level, he was selected for Western Province Schools, but despite performing well at the Coca Cola under 19 week, he was not picked for the national under 19 side.
In his first season of first-class cricket Adams took 43 wickets in 8 matches, the second highest number of wickets in a debut season in South African history.
Having made only 4 runs in his first-class career, he came to the crease at a crucial stage during the 5th Test against England and made 29 in a last wicket partnership of 73 with Dave Richardson.