Andre Adams: Injury forces Hampshire all-rounder retirement

Andre Adams
All-rounder Adams had spells in county cricket with Essex, Nottinghamshire and Hampshire

Hampshire and former New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams says the risk of persistent calf injuries have forced his decision to retire.

Adams, 39, made just three first-class appearances for Hampshire after joining on a short-term contract in September.

Capped once at Test level, the former Essex and Nottinghamshire overseas player also featured in 42 one-dayers.

"There's a lot of scar tissue there and a really high chance of reoccurrence," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"For someone who didn't expect to play first-team cricket for his club, I've done OK.

"It's a nice time to retire. I'm still able to walk and that's important at the end of your career when you've got a family.

"I got a calf tear a week ago and we wanted to see what it looked like on the scan. It's in an area which means I can no longer play basically.

"No matter how fit and strong I get, it's one of those things where it will always be a problem."

Andre Adams career in numbers
Played one Test match, 42 ODIs and 4 T20 internationals for New Zealand
His only Test match appearance came against England in Auckland in 2002 when he took three wickets in each innings
Last international appearance came in 2007
Overseas player for Essex between 2004 and 2006, before joining Nottinghamshire as a Kolpak signing in 2008
Helped Nottinghamshire to the County Championship title in 2010

Adams's intention was to play for three months at Hampshire before taking up a coaching role in Auckland.

But he admitted his disappointment at not being able to make more appearances for the county alongside a "promising" squad.

"I came here to play and I've had a really enjoyable time doing so," he added. "It's a fantastic county with some great guys and a huge amount of talent."

Adams helped Nottinghamshire to win the County Championship in 2010 and retires with 692 first-class wickets at an average of 23.95.