Hampshire agree deal for bowler

Nottinghamshire bowler Andre Adams will ply his trade for Hampshire next season
Nottinghamshire bowler Andre Adams will ply his trade for Hampshire next season
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Giles White has confirmed that Andre Adams has agreed to join Hampshire next year.

The 39-year-old Nottinghamshire bowler has 683 first-class wickets to his name and was rumoured to be closing in on a switch to the Ageas Bowl in recent weeks.

While the former New Zealand international will turn 40 in July of next year, the Hampshire director of cricket believes his experience and ability will be a vital factor for the 2015 campaign.

White said: ‘Andre Adams has agreed (to join Hampshire).

‘At the moment, it’s likely to be for three months at the start of next season.

‘He will bring a lot of experience. He has done very well in county cricket and has done well again for Notts this year.

‘We feel he will add a lot on the field and will help the younger bowlers.

‘He is down to play all forms but historically, he has played more Championship cricket so we will see how best to manage him.

‘He has coaching commitments with Auckland.

‘So initially, we have said it will be three months and see where that takes us.

‘Those first three months are heavily-loaded with Championship cricket so if you are going to use a player like Adams for three months, it makes sense to use him at the beginning of the season.’

While he is not exactly a signing for the future, White believes he can follow the lead of another veteran who did well for the county in recent times.

‘I think he can cope with the demands,’ said White.

‘He has continued to do well this year, he has a pretty economical action and has a lot of experience.

‘We will manage him and talk to him to make sure we get that part right.

‘We saw with Dominic Cork a few years ago that he made a big impact for us over a short period of time.

‘He will not be around for years but if he can have an impact for next season, it will benefit everyone.

‘You sign senior players to get results on the pitch.

‘But they tend to offer a lot more than that – certainly a guy of that experience and that sort of character.

‘I imagine the young players will feed off him and learn a lot from him.

‘He has done well against us in the past and done well against everyone.

‘He has been one of the most successful four-day bowlers in the country for a period of time. Hopefully, we can get them out of him as well.’

With Hampshire’s recruitment plans already in full swing, White denied that wicketkeeper, Michael Bates, is on the verge of a move to Kent at the end of this season.

The 23-year-old homegrown keeper has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season with Adam Wheater preferred in the role.

With youngsters Tom Alsop and Lewis McManus also pressing their claims in the Academy and second team as wicketkeeper-batsmen, Bates’ prospects look increasingly dim.

With his current contract up in a few weeks, there are rumours that Bates has turned down a new deal in search of a first-team place elsewhere.

But White insists nothing has been decided yet.

He said: ‘There are a few contracts that we haven’t made decisions on yet.

‘It’s the period of the season where we are making decisions.

‘He hasn’t declined a new contract – not that I’m aware of.’