Andre Adams believes he has seen a Hampshire side who have the stomach for a fight during his short spell with the county.
The experienced bowler took three wickets for 93 against his former county Nottinghamshire in their total of 371 all out.
It’s been a touch weird – a bit like kissing your sister!Andre Adams
With Hampshire’s reply reaching 167 for four, the home side will need some of the battling qualities that Adams believes are in abundance.
He said: ‘The team spirit is pretty good. I’ve been very impressed with how people have stayed in a fight.
‘The direction of the team is going towards a win.
‘When I coach in New Zealand, you want as many people as possible pulling in the same direction. It’s the sign of a team that will go places.
‘Maybe a little bit more self-belief and backing themselves will go a long way. But they know how to win here.
‘You could argue we are a fast bowler short but I have liked the way people have stuck to their task. Nobody has moaned – they have got on with it.’
While Adams admits it has been a stange experience playing against the county he served so well during his lengthy stay, he insists it has not given him any inside information.
He said: ‘It’s been a touch weird. When you get a wicket, it’s a bit like kissing your sister!
‘So it’s been a bit strange but I’ve played around the world enough, and against guys that I have toured with, to be able to put that aside.
‘My job is to bowl accurately and I’m not one to over-celebrate wickets anyway.
‘I don’t think you can second guess what a batsman will do.
‘The advantages of me knowing how they have got out in the past does help but only from a field setting perspective.
‘You are still trying to hit the top of off stump and still trying to make the batsman play as many balls as possible on the front foot.
‘All it means is that you know where to put the fielders.’
Adams also believes Hampshire are within touching distance, despite trailing by more than 200 runs.
And they would have been even better placed had they not lost James Vince to an avoidable run out.
He said: ‘Before Vincey got out, we were nicely poised.
‘But we are one partnership away from parity.
‘He’s obviously very disappointed. Nobody wants to get run out and nobody ever wants to get out at all.
‘He looked very good for his 30 runs and that is a promising sign.
‘He is a fantastic young player and there is a lot of talent at this club.’