Andre Ryan Adams
July 17, 1975, Auckland
Right hand bat
Right arm fast medium
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Andre Adams, an all-rounder, albeit better known latterly for his right-arm swing bowling than his uninhibited late-order hitting, added a touch of dash to New Zealand's one-day armoury in what could be regarded as the first phase of his career before making his mark as a highly-regarded and crowd-pleasing player in the English professional game
He struggled to make a consistent impact with his bowling on the international stage and lost his place in early 2007, signalling the end of his international career. His first taste of county cricket was with Essex between 2004-6 but it was Nottinghamshire who saw the best of him. He joined them as a Kolpak player in 2008 and found the responsive seam-bowling conditions at Trent Bridge so perfect for his skills that he began a long association with the county.
Adams made his Test debut against England at Auckland in 2002 and took three wickets in each innings. But a series of back injuries on the West Indies tour of 2002 allowed Jacob Oram to move ahead of him in the pecking order, and he was not selected again. He played in the 2003 World Cup but again soon lost his place.
He had a productive 2006-07 domestic season for Auckland, claiming 32 wickets at 18.78 in New Zealand's domestic first-class State Championship and scoring 318 runs at 39.75. But this was overshadowed by a one-month suspension for grabbing and shaking the helmet of Central Districts batsman Bevan Griggs.
Along the way, Adams was recalled for three ODIs against Sri Lanka in December but was overlooked for the World Cup and lost his national contract in May 2007. He was overlooked again the following season, despite impressive performances in the State Championship, and signed a two-year contract with the short-lived Indian Cricket League.
In 2008, Adams joined Nottinghamshire, initially on a two-year deal. He was named the club's player of the year in consecutive seasons, after taking 68 first-class wickets as Nottinghamshire won the County Championship in 2010. Between 2011 and 2013, he took more than 50 Championship wickets in each of the three seasons and only Monty Panesar and Alan Richardson could point to such consistency.
In all, he took 344 first-class wickets for Notts at 24.18 including 16 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket match tallies. Renowned for an all-or-nothing approach to batting -- his 31 sixes in the 2011 season was the highest tally in England in first-class cricket -- he had three first-class centuries to his name.
He ended his eight-year association with Nottinghamshire at the end of the 2014 season, accepting a three-month playing contract at Hampshire as he began an envisaged move into coaching.
Adams played only first-class matches in England but appeared in 50 and 20-over games during the English close season. He was part of the Auckland Aces side that won New Zealand's domestic one-day cup and Twenty20 tournaments in 2010-11 and represented them in the Champions League T20 in India. The Aces retained their T20 crown in 2011-12. Adams also appeared in the first Bangladesh Premier League, for eventual semi-finalists, Khulna Royal Bengals.
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