His debut in the Boxing Day test against England in 1995 would be the first of 45 tests for South Africa, and he would also go on to represent the country at the Cricket World Cup in 1996 and play in 24 One Day Internationals.
Later he was a coach of the regional academy. Now, Adams is a vital part of the brain trusts as Cape Cobras coach to help plan the infancy stages of the new Western Cape academy.
Omar Henry, the new coach of the academy, Adams and the provincial coaches will have a look at the regional academy-candidates during the first week of September in Oudtshoorn. The franchise academy team will then take shape for the national academy week in the middle of September.
“There is such great value in the academy, as we can testify to the fact that players have gone through the academy system and then proceed to provincial, franchise- and Protea-level,” said Adams.
Adams said the academy fulfils a vital role in strengthening the pipe-line-structures for the Cobras.
Henry, a former South African spinner and an all-rounder who represented Western Province and Free State, said in the current professional era the academy would fulfil a twin role of identifying talent after school and then nurturing and refining that talent to feed the Cape Cobras franchise.
In a professional world where players might easily be attracted to other cricketing markets by the lure of money, the academy can offer structure and help the franchise to identify his current pool of young players, Henry explained.
Apart from the academy-week in the middle of September, the franchise academies will also assemble in Potchefstroom in April for some three-day cricket action, said Adams.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has provided funds to each affiliate to support the academies in each franchise. That doesn’t prevent the franchises from seeking sponsors to bolster the sustainability of this all-important structure.