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 also the coach of the Cape Cobras cricket team.

Paul Adams
Personal information
Full name
Paul Regan Adams
Born (1977-01-20) 20 January 1977 (age 46)
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
BowlingLeft-arm wrist spin
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 263)26 December 1995 v England
Last Test10 March 2004 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 37)9 January 1996 v England
Last ODI10 July 2003 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
1995/96–2007/08Western Province
2004/05Western Province Boland
2005/06–2007/08Cape Cobras
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 45 24 141 76
Runs scored 360 66 1,752 180
Batting average 9.00 16.50 17.17 11.25
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 35 48* 70 33*
Balls bowled 8,850 1,109 27,102 3,156
Wickets 134 29 412 84
Bowling average 32.87 28.10 32.66 26.92
5 wickets in innings 4 0 16 0
10 wickets in match 1 0 3 0
Best bowling 7/128 3/26 9/79 3/12
Catches/stumpings 29/– 7/– 73/– 22/–
Source: Cricinfo, 30 August 2009

Bowling action

Adams's bowling action was highly unorthodox and Mike Gatting likened it to a "frog in a blender".[1] 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.

International career

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.[1]

A graph showing Adams' test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.


  1. ^ a b Manthorp, Neil. "Player Profile: Paul Adams". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2009.

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