Paul Adams (cricketer)
Paul Regan Adams (born 20 January 1977) is a former South African cricketer. A left-arm unorthodox spin bowler with a unique bowling action, Adams played for the Test and ODI teams for national team sporadically since the 1990s. Meanwhile, his first class cricket career registered 412 wickets. He was the first ethnically black cricketer to play international cricket for South Africa. He was also the coach of the Cape Cobras cricket team.
|Full name||Paul Regan Adams|
|Born||20 January 1977|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Height||168 cm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Bowling||Left-arm wrist spin|
|Test debut (cap 263)||26 December 1995 v England|
|Last Test||10 March 2004 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 37)||9 January 1996 v England|
|Last ODI||10 July 2003 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
|2004/05||Western Province Boland|
Source: Cricinfo, 30 August 2009
Adams's bowling action was highly unorthodox and Mike Gatting likened it to a "frog in a blender". Though his action initially caught world batsmen by surprise, he was soon exposed for lack of variety by the Australians. As such, he became less effective.
In December 2006 he was recalled to the Test side for the series against India, only to be dropped from the squad before the first Test. He held the ball with two fingers of his left hand (thumb, and the index finger). He announced his retirement from professional cricket on 2 October 2008, more than four years after his last Test match and five years after his last ODI.
- Manthorp, Neil. "Player Profile: Paul Adams". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2009.