County news September 1, 2014

Andre Adams signs short Hampshire deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andre Adams has signed a three-month contract with Hampshire for the first part of the 2015 season as he begins to move from his playing career into coaching.

It brings to an end an eight-year stay with Nottinghamshire where he has become one of most consistent seam bowlers in the County Championship even with a creaking body in recent times which has needed careful management to get him through key matches.

There had been a thought that Nottinghamshire would try to persuade him to stay for one more year at Trent Bridge, but he will now see out his time trying to make a final appearance this season with the county who remain in the hunt for the Championship title.

"The intention was to finish my professional career here but I've got a small gap at the start of next season in my coaching regime which is three months to do what I want," Adams said. "The opportunity to work in a different club and environment is a massive part of my learning curve. I'll get to put things into play that I've learned here and at Auckland. It'll allow me to grow.

"It's a selfish move for me, but I need to take those opportunities. It has been great for me here but everything has to end. Sometimes you forget that as a professional sportsman, your career has to come to an end and my time with Notts is over as of September."

With the potential of another two appearances for Nottinghamshire should his body allow it, Adams currently sits on 344 first-class wickets for them at 24.18 including 16 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket match tallies. His most prolific season was 2010 when he claimed 68 wickets at 22.61 to help Nottinghamshire to the Championship title, which was followed by 67 the following season.

Giles White, Hampshire's director of cricket, said: "Andre has an excellent record and will add quality and experience to the bowling attack. We hope he has an impact both on and off the pitch during the first half of the 2015 season."

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  • Garry on September 2, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    reywob he wasn't given a fair crack but he wouldn't have been our best bowler unless we played all of his tests on swinging green tops. He is very good in New Zealand and English conditions.

  • Craig on September 2, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    The biggest mistake NZ cricket coaches ever made was not having him play more test matches, look at his stats for the one test he did play, could have been one of the best test bowlers we ever had

  • Mark on September 1, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    All the best Andre, a real champion performer for us. I am somewhat surprised by the move as I thought that was it at the end of this year. However reading the story fully it is quite clear a playing/coaching role sounds good if Hants are in need. I will never forget that glum day at Old Trafford in late 2010 when you finished it off, yet another fine NZ player who did us proud!

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