Date of birth – 17 July 1975 Auckland, New Zealand

Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – Aug 2007 v Northants (h)

Former New Zealand international Andre Adams has been the spearhead of Nottinghamshire’s bowling attack in recent times.

Only Warwickshire’s Alan Richardson and Sussex spinner Monty Panesar can match Adams’ achievements of taking more than 50 county championship wickets in each of the last three seasons and the haul would have been even higher if a niggling hamstring injury hadn’t curtailed his 2012 campaign.

Despite that disappointment he had the satisfaction of returning career-best figures last season, collecting 7-32 during a stunning performance against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Earlier in his career Andre played in one Test match and 42 One Day Internationals for New Zealand but called time on his international availability when he was overlooked for the 2007 World Cup.

Whilst considering his options he became aware of an interest from Notts and he has continued to play in both hemispheres ever since.

During this past winter the all-rounder has returned to his homeland to continue his association with Auckland, where he coaches as well as plays.

For the second year running he participated for their t20 side, The Aces, in the Champions League.

Although Andre’s strong suit is his lively medium-pace bowling, he is also a fearsome hitter of a cricket ball.

His prowess with the bat has brought the likeable Kiwi three first class centuries although his best for Notts remains the 84 he scored against Yorkshire, at Scarborough in 2009.