Chris Adams (cricketer)

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Chris Adams
Personal information
Full name Christopher John Adams
Born (1970-05-06) 6 May 1970 (age 48)
Whitwell, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Nickname Grizzly, Grizwold
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting Right-hand batsman
Bowling Right-arm offbreak
Role Middle-order batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 598) 25 November 1999 v South Africa
Last Test 18 January 2000 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 149) 21 May 1998 v South Africa
Last ODI 28 January 2000 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
1988–1997 Derbyshire
1998–2008 Sussex (squad no. 1)
1998–1999 Australian Capital Territory
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 5 5 336 367
Runs scored 104 71 19535 11481
Batting average 13.00 17.75 38.68 39.72
100s/50s –/– –/– 48/93 21/69
Top score 31 42 239 163
Balls bowled 120 3288 1217
Wickets 1 41 32
Bowling average 59.00 47.19 38.03
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/42 4/28 5/16
Catches/stumpings 6/– 3/– 404/– 165/–
Source: Cricinfo, 27 July 2009

Christopher John Adams (born 6 May 1970) is a former English first-class cricketer who briefly represented his nation at Test and One Day International level. He is the current interim head coach of the Dutch national team.[1]


An aggressive right-handed batsman, occasional right-arm off spin bowler and specialist slip fielder, Adams enjoyed a successful first-class career for Derbyshire and Sussex.

Adams made his first-class debut as an eighteen-year-old for Derbyshire in one match the 1988 season and stayed there until the 1997 season, when he left to join Sussex as captain. He is the longest serving county captain in Sussex's history. He captained Sussex to the 2003, 2006 and 2007 County Championship titles, and was one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2004 for his efforts in the previous calendar year.

He had a brief career at international level for England, playing five Tests and five One-day Internationals between May 1998 and January 2000. He made his Test debut in 1999 against South Africa at Johannesburg, and came to the crease for his maiden Test innings to face Allan Donald on a hat-trick, with England in the perilous position of four wickets down for two runs; he successfully negotiated the hat-trick, but was caught behind off Donald in both innings, for 16 and 1.[2] Failing to reproduce his domestic form, Adams averaged just 13 in Tests and 17.75 in ODIs.

In a first-class career that ran from 1988 until 2008, Adams scored 19,535 runs, with an impressive 48 centuries and a highest score of 239.

In late 2006, he agreed a four-year deal with Yorkshire to become both captain and director of professional cricket, but dramatically reversed this decision on 14 November, saying that he did not feel able to deal with such a role at this stage of his career. His change of heart left Yorkshire "shell-shocked" but Sussex "thrilled".[3]

Adams announced he was to step down as Sussex captain on 14 September 2008, guiding Sussex to the Pro40 Division One Title the same day. He subsequently announced his retirement from first-class cricket, upon his appointment as cricket manager of Surrey County Cricket Club

On 17 June 2013, it was announced by Surrey County Cricket Club that Adams had been sacked, along with his first team coach Ian Salisbury.



English county

Career bests


Test Debut: vs South Africa, Johannesburg, 1999/2000
Last Test: vs South Africa, Centurion, 1999/2000

  • Adams' best Test batting score of 31 was made against South Africa, Cape Town, 1999/2000
  • His best Test bowling figures of 1 for 42 came against South Africa, Durban, 1999/2000

One Day International

ODI Debut: vs South Africa, The Oval, 1998
Last ODI: vs Zimbabwe, Cape Town, 1999/2000

  • Adams' best ODI batting score of 42 was made against South Africa, Cape Town, 1999/2000


  • Adams' best first-class batting score was 239
  • His best first-class bowling figures were 4 for 28

List A Limited Overs

  • Adams' best List A batting score was 163
  • His best List A bowling figures were 5 for 16


  • Adams' best Twenty20 batting score was 57.
  • His batting strike rate is 119.4 runs per 100 balls faced


  1. ^ Netherlands announce squads for Hong Kong and Desert T20, CricketEurope, 2 December 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ "South Africa v England First Test, 1999". Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Adams U-turn over Yorkshire move". BBC News. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 

External links

  • Cricinfo player profile of Chris Adams
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile of Chris Adams
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Moores
Sussex county cricket captain
Succeeded by
Michael Yardy
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