Jimmy Adams October 20, 2013

'Only Bradman had a better record at that stage'

Interview by Jack Wilson
After his first 12 Tests, Jimmy Adams was close to legendary

First cricket bat
I must have been around five years old when I first picked a bat up. My family was into cricket and I think they bought one from the town - a cheap one for me to play with. That's what I first used and it got me started playing cricket.

First tour outside of the West Indies
I remember it well. I was 19 at the time and it was a great experience, real good fun. It's always an honour to play for your country. We went out to Australia for the Youth World Cup and did pretty well. We got to the semi-finals but lost out to Pakistan in Adelaide. Brian Lara was captain and Ridley Jacobs was in that side too.

First 12 Tests of my Test career
It was a good start, good fun. Only Don Bradman had a better record at that stage but you don't think about stuff like that at the time. You're just doing what you do and concentrating on doing the best you can. I was desperate to do well and had worked hard to get where I was. Then it's just about reacting as best as you can to what happens in front of you. You try not to worry about what else is happening and just take care of your game.

First Test as captain
It's always an absolute honour to be the man to lead any team, nationally or internationally. I was a very proud man to captain West Indies at the time. I'd worked hard before I was given the chance and we got off to a good start with a win over Zimbabwe, which was nice.

First thing I learned as a coach
That's easy. The thing I had to get to grips with was that you're going to be learning something new every day you go in and coach. You never know it all. One thing I also stress is taking control at what I call "critical moments" of games. That's hugely important too.

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  • sherman on October 22, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    @golgo-85 As someone who new Jimmy personally you can't be more wrong.There was never arrogance only humility and lots of it! I think Jimmy was made captain because his humility & ability to get get a long with his team mates was seen as an asset. @mad-hamish It's true that his stats fell off but at the time how many WI players had better averages? I read a mother's day interview with Carl Hooper's mom in which she stated that Carl was hurt that Jimmy was announced as captain in Guyana at Carl's expense and when Carl returned he didn't wamt Jimmy in the team. I think Hooper's mom might be right!

  • GARY on October 21, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @Brodie McDonald So that's one you've name, who are all these others. You Aussies are hilarious though, from the very same game you had Warner and Haddin not walking after edges & both came ut and admitted they knew they hit it. Then various other Aussies after that event and lets not even mention Clarke the previous Ashes, smashing it to short leg off KP, started to walk and then had the audacity to come back and stand his ground. The sanctimonious drivel from you lot about Broad was hypocrisy at it's finest, since you lot wrote the book on not walking and still do to this day.

  • Mashuq on October 21, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Actually his debut was in 1992 vs South Africa. Played marvellously to set up the game for Ambrose and Walsh to win it on the fifth day. Watching him bat in that match one could see the man's spirit. Pity about that knife incident which prevented him from touring SA in '98-99. That whitewash was painful to behold and signalled the end of the WI as a cricketing superpower (although they fought back marvellously against Oz a few months later, mostly thanks to Lara).

  • Md Risalat on October 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ Brodie, thank you for missing the point of the article completely where it would've been more appropriate to compare cricketers who belonged to the era that Jimmy Adams did. No one is saying that what Broad did was commendable but if you really want to overtly generalize, Aussies do take the cake for the unwillingness to walk regardless the era, don't they? Yes. I thought so. Thank you.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Was fondly called "Jimmy (P)Adams" in India -- says it all.

  • Aditya on October 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    I still have vivid memories of Jimmy Adams when he visited India. He batted like a dream like many other left handers have in the past against India i.e. Andy Flower (Zim), Saeed Anwar (Pakistan), Gary Kirsten (RSA), etc. Jimmy used to play steady in tests, grind for hours and even days together, and played medium pacers and spinners with effortless ease. Good batsman and good wicketkeeper!

  • Android on October 21, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    @golgo_85. "as an englishman" please, the poms are the worst for not walking. stuart broad in the ashes?

  • Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @jimbond post 2001 Warne's yearly averages were 19.55 in 02, 24.07 in 04, 22.02 in 05. 30.20 in 06 and only 1 match in 07. McGrath 2002 av 18.14, 03 35.25, 04 18.46, 05 21.80, 06 29.05 07 only 1 test. Murali averaged over 25 in 1 years post 2001 (2009 where he averaged in the 40s)

  • Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    As to why Adams was dropped. Over his last 30 tests, 20 tests and 10 tests he averaged under 30. Last 10 tests average 21.82, last 20 tests average 29.66, last 30 tests average 25.80. In his last 30 tests he made 1 100 and 6 50s Last 2 series average 24.40 vs England, 18.87 vs Aus. Purely and simply not enough runs. As far as changes to the lbw law goes there haven't been any since the early 80s. Interpretation might have changed but not hugely. In any case he was out lbw 18 times from 73 dismissals

  • harvey on October 20, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @golgo_85 we saw completely different players. Adams did have a quiet dignity which I saw as resolve and pride, not arrogance. How could he be with Lara in that team? Also, which Australian batsman walks? Even Sachin has nicked it and stood his ground. Jimmy was a good player who probably underachieved in the end. Best wishes on his future.