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Jimmy Adams

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
West Indies, Berkshire, Free State, Jamaica, MCC, Nottinghamshire, Rest of World, West Indies A, West Indies Inv XI, Wiltshire, Young West Indies, West Indies Under-19
Roles played:
Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
West Indies
January 09, 1968, Port Maria


Notoriously remembered as 'Padams' for his defensive style of cricket, Jimmy Adams is one of the most versatile cricketers to have ever played for the West Indies. He batted left-handed, bowled slow left-arm orthodox and also kept wickets occasionally. A veteran of 54 Test matches for the Windies was a potent middle order batsman.

Adams burst on to the international cricket scene as he scored 1132 runs in only 12 Test matches at an average of 87, which included two massive hundreds. Only Sir Donald Bradman bettered this record in the history of cricket. He scored big hundreds easily because of his painstaking and slow style of accumulating runs. Adams' cautious approach to batting provided a foil to Brian Lara's fluid style. In 1995 on a tour to England Jimmy's got hit on the face by Somerset bowler Andre Van Troost, which shattered his cheekbone. After that hit he could not recapture his run-scoring prowess. Later, Jimmy took over captaincy from Brian Lara. He got off to a flying start by winning four and drawing two of the first six games as skipper, but thereafter the Windies lost seven of their eight matches including a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Australia. Subsequently he was replaced by Carl Hooper. Adams was a spectacular gully fielder. He mustered 2204 runs in 127 ODIs, at an average of 28.62. His strike rate in ODIs was a rather pedestrian 60.98. His slow left arm bowling reaped 43 ODI wickets and 27 Test wickets as well.

Adams hung his boots in 2001, his career may have ended in failure as captain and batsman but his contribution to West Indies cricket cannot be quantified. In 2006, he took up the role of manager of the U-19 West Indies cricket team. He works as a cricket commentator and assists in the development of cricket in the Caribbean though his native Jamaica.

Fast Facts

  • Jimmy Adams has a highest score of 208* against New Zealand in a Test match at St John's.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 54 90 3012 17 41.26 37.57 6 14 208*
ODI 127 105 2204 28 28.62 60.98 0 14 82
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 54 60 2853 1336 27 5/17 / 49.48 2.80 1 1 0 26
ODI 127 56 1856 1499 43 5/37 / 34.86 4.84 0 1 0 64
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 48 0 1
ODI 67 5 9
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 15 4 8 0 3 26.67
ODI 26 10 14 1 1 38.46


West Indies Vs South Africa at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Apr 18, 1992
Last played:
West Indies Vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 02, 2001
West Indies Vs Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Dec 17, 1992
Last played:
West Indies Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Feb 09, 2001