Andre Adams: Hampshire upbeat after knee surgery for bowler

Andre Adams
Andre Adams played for New Zealand in all three forms of the game

Hampshire bowler Andre Adams is set to be ready for the start of next season after undergoing knee surgery in New Zealand, according to the county's director of cricket Giles White.

The 39-year-old signed at the end of last season from Nottinghamshire and had an operation before Christmas.

Adams is starting a coaching career and will be with Hants for three months.

"The results were excellent - it's basically a best-case scenario," White told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's cleared out his knee and he's back on his feet, putting some strength in his knee and hopefully bowling at the end of February, so it's all good."

"We're really pleased. There was a slight concern, obviously - but it looks good for the coming season."

Adams, who played Test, one-day international and Twenty20 cricket for New Zealand, helped Notts win the County Championship in 2010 and has also had a spell with Essex.

"He's a big part of our early season bowling attack and it looks like the signs are good," added White.

Andre Adams
Adams' last appearance for New Zealand, an ODI against Sri Lanka, came over seven years ago

"Now it's a case of putting a rehab plan in place for him for January and February and then back to bowling and some game-time before he comes over here in April."

White also said he was open to the possibility of extending Adams' stay if the opportunity arose.

"It's slightly flexible," he stated. "We'll look at the fixtures, see where we are and work from there, but there's a lot of Championship cricket at the start of the season so it's a nice fit for us and for him.

"We'll try to play him in as many games as we can but we'll manage him and hopefully he can have a big impact for us. He does have commitments in New Zealand but we'll try to see what's best for both parties."

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