Paul Adams quits international cricket

Published: Friday, October 3, 2008, 13:46 [IST]
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Durban: South Africa spinner Paul Adams has announced his retirement from professional cricket.

Adams who was nicknamed 'gogga' and described as looking like a 'frog in a blender' when delivering the ball, his unusual technique made him initially very difficult to read, contributing to great initial success.

Adams made his Test cricket debut during the 1995-96 season, with his highly unconventional action and penchant for bamboozling batsmen.

In his first three Test match series, against quality opposition in the form of England, India and Australia, Adams picked up 31 wickets at 25.06, but as batsmen became more familiar with his style he was unable to re-capture that success.

Adams was inclined to bowl at least one 'boundary ball' an over, a problem that saw him drop in the estimations of both selectors and captains as he struggled to get a bowl even in domestic cricket, often thought of as too much of a liability despite his occasional brilliance.

Curtailed by injuries in the later stages of his career, Adams played his last Test match against New Zealand in 2004, and enjoyed a rather low-key last hurrah on the domestic scene playing in the second-tier of local competition last season.

Adams retires with 134 Test wickets under his belt at an average of 32.87.


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