Andre Adams Biography
Andre Adams, also nicknamed as “Dre”, is a former cricketer from New Zealand. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 17 July 1975. Adams is a right-arm bowling all-rounder, and his batting is packed with quite a punch.
His hard-hitting skills came in handy for New Zealand, but Adams’ consistency failed to stay in line with his abilities. Constant injuries made sure that his career took a turn for the worse, settling for domestic cricket for the majority of his career.
Adams began his cricketing career in 1997, in first-class cricket. After nearly four years of slogging at first-class, Adams received his call-up to the national side in an ODI.
A year after his ODI debut, he was given his only test cap. He was one of the first players to be New Zealand’s T20 side and was regarded as a hard-hitting lower-order batsman.
Andre Adams made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka on 10 April 2001. He picked up one wicket and went for 39 runs in 7 overs. He disappointed in his batting too, as he was dismissed for just a run.
He made his test debut on 30 March 2002 against England, and picked up three wickets each of the innings. New Zealand went on to win the match, which was Adams’ only test.
He made his T20 debut on 17 February 2005 against Australia and turned out to be an expensive bowler, going for 40 runs in his 4 overs. He was run out by Glenn McGrath for seven runs in the chase, with Australia winning by 44 runs.
Rise to Glory
After Adams made his international debut in 2001, he was up for a test call-up in 2002. He did quite well in his only test match, but constant back injuries made sure that his test career was over with his only match.
He took part in the 2003 ICC Cricket World cup, and lost his place again only to be called-up again in late 2004 in the series against England. He remained in the squad, but did not get a chance to play.
He played a total of 42 ODIs between 2001 and 2007, and picked up a healthy 52 wickets and scored 419 runs. He played three ODIs in 2007 against Sri Lanka, but failed to enter the 2007 World Cup squad.
Adams’ cricketing career has been marked with controversy over his attitude on the pitch as well as the dressing room. His injuries caused his fall, and gave way to other better players such as Jacob Oram and Shane Bond.
Andre Adams retired from all formats of cricket in 2015, at the age of 39. Injuries at Hampshire prompted him to take this decision.