Former All-Rounder Andre Adams to Serve as Bowling Coach for New Zealand Women’s Team

New Zealand Cricket appoints Andre Adams as the women’s team bowling coach for their South Africa tour, reuniting him with head coach Ben Sawyer.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has made an announcement on Wednesday regarding the appointment of former all-rounder Andre Adams as the bowling coach for the women’s team. Adams will take up this role for the upcoming tour of South Africa, joining forces with New Zealand head coach Ben Sawyer.

During this month, Adams will rejoin forces with Ben Sawyer as the White Ferns, New Zealand’s women’s cricket team, embark on an eight-match white-ball tour of South Africa. This tour comprises three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) followed by five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

Andre Adams, who represented New Zealand in 47 international matches and claimed 10 wickets during the 2003 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, will reunite with Ben Sawyer, with whom he had previously worked in coaching roles for T20 franchises.

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While Adams last toured with the team in 2017, he has spent recent years making significant contributions to coaching roles with the Australian Men’s team, New South Wales, and the Men’s Sydney Sixers.

The 48-year-old cricketer represented New Zealand in a total of 47 matches, comprising 42 ODIs, four T20Is, and one Test match, and he also played 173 first-class games in New Zealand and England.

Expressing his excitement about rejoining the White Ferns group, Adams stated, “I had a wonderful experience with the team back in 2017, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work with this group again. There are a few familiar faces that it’s been cool to reconnect with, as well as some younger players who I’ve actually worked with before during NZC talent pathways programs. I’m looking forward to returning to South Africa and I hope to bring a lot to the group, and especially offer good support to the quicks.”

Women’s head coach Ben Sawyer, who had previously worked with Adams in T20 franchise coaching roles, expressed confidence in Adams’ ability to make a positive impact on the team. “Andre’s depth of experience as a former BLACKCAP and a high-level coach in New Zealand and Australia made him a really obvious choice for this tour. He brings great energy and, more importantly, a great skillset, particularly focused on fast-bowling,” said Sawyer.

New Zealand’s tour of South Africa will commence with the first ODI scheduled in Potchefstroom on September 24, followed by the T20I series starting on October 6.

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