Andre Adams, the former New Zealand allrounder, has been signed up as the bowling coach of the national women’s team for their upcoming series against Pakistan in Sharjah.
Adams, 42, retired from all forms of cricket in 2015 and has worked as a resource coach for Auckland Cricket over the past two seasons and said soon after his appointment on Friday (October 13) that he felt honoured to join the coaching unit headed by Haidee Tiffen, who played two Tests, 117 One-Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 Internationals between 1999 and 2009.
“Working with the White Ferns (New Zealand Women) is a really exciting step for me in my development as a coach,” he added. “I’ve had a bit to do with the Auckland-based players over the past year or so and really enjoyed it. The players are so open-minded when it comes to learning and getting better – and that’s really exciting from a coaching perspective.”
Adams replaced John Furlong after the former first-class bowler for Central Districts stepped down from the role to focus on his involvement with New Zealand Cricket as their High Performance Analyst.
Adams is the third former international in the New Zealand Women coaching roster, joining Tiffen and Matthew Bell, who played 18 Tests as an opening batsman between 1998 and 2008 and is the team’s batting coach.
“I’m really looking forward to working closely with Haidee and Matt and bringing what I can to the table. I’m pretty hands-on and like to get stuck in and challenge people,” said Adams. “The White Ferns are a seriously talented group and with women’s cricket on the ascent – it feels like an exciting time to be getting involved. This UAE tour is an awesome opportunity for me and I’m focusing all my attention on doing everything I can to help the team.”
Tiffen hailed Adams’s appointment, saying it would add a different dimension to the unit. “Andre’s played all over the world in many different environments and we’re looking forward to him bringing all that experience into our set-up,” she said.
Adams has represented the senior men’s team in 47 matches across all formats. He made a mark in the English county circuit too, representing Nottinghamshire and helping them to the County Championship title in 2010 – a season in which he picked up 68 wickets.
“The players who have worked with him at Auckland gave really positive feedback, particularly around the intensity he brings to training. He’s a real competitor and is not afraid to push the envelope, and if we’re going to get to that next level, we’re going to need that,” added Tiffen.
Adams will link up with team management and senior players in Christchurch next week, before the team flies out to Sharjah on October 24 ahead of their series of three One-Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals, with the first ODI scheduled to take place on October 31.