His unusual action in which he appears to deliver the ball whilst looking down at the at the ground has drawn much attention, as did his knack of taking wickets regularly.Updated: Jun 24, 2003 21:35 IST
Having played for his province at Under 19 level in 1994, Paul Adams burst on the International scene in 1995, the same season that he made his debut for Western Province. His unusual action in which he appears to deliver the ball whilst looking down at the at the ground drew much attention, as did his knack of taking wickets regularly.
Having taken 9 wickets for South Africa A against England in Kimberley, he was drafted into the senior team for the fourth Test at St Georges Park. At the age of 18 years and 340 days he became the youngest man to play for South Africa. He took 8 wickets in the two tests he played against England and made an unexpected but vital contribution with the bat in the decisive Test at Newlands.
His best performance came in the 3rd Test against India in Kanpur in 1996/97 when he returned 6 for 55 in the second innings.
Adams stock delivery is the left arm wrist spinners googly, a ball that turns sharply away from the right hander. His major variation is the chinaman that comes back into the right hander.
He was a regular in the squad for both home and away tours from 1995, including the1996 World Cup, until a finger injury in the 5th Test against England at Centurion in January 2000 kept him out of the picture for six months.
Upon his return, his form was not as consistent as previously and he lost his place as the teams only spinner to Nicky Boje.
He did not tour with the squad to Australia in 2001/02 but returned to the team for the last two tests of the home tour by Australia. In the Newlands Test he became the 8th South African to take 100 wickets in test Cricket.
A recurrence of a back injury saw him miss out on the home test series against Bangladesh,Sri Lanka and Pakistan as well as the World Cup in 2003. He was recalled for the tour to Bangladesh where he was the leading wicket taker in the two Test series with 14, including 10 in the first Test in Chittagong.
Paul Adams comes from a a family of four children, brothers Garry and Noel and sister Beverley are all older than him. His parents are William and Rachel.
First Published: Jun 24, 2003 21:03 IST