Cricket: Former Blackcaps allrounder Andre Adams chases fulltime role as NZ bowling coach

Barely in the job a day, Andre Adams is already challenging Blackcaps bowlers to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

The former NZ allrounder will be the interim bowling coach for the five match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, starting Friday, but he confirms it's a job he'd like fulltime.

At a time when there's uncertainty over the future of stadiums in Auckland, he's encouraging players to get comfortable walking in the 'Garden of Eden'.

Andre Adams in coaching role with White Ferns.
Andre Adams in coaching role with White Ferns. Photo credit: Photosport

Adams' approach to Twenty20 cricket has always been a simple one.

"I always looked as my opportunity in T20 cricket was to ruin someone's day," he said. 

Now as the Blackcaps' interim bowling coach, he'll help players try to do so.

"I did apply for the job, if that's what you're asking," he said. "I did apply for the role, but NZ Cricket's still making up their mind about how they want the role to go."

With the bowling coach role vacant since Shane Jurgensen left after the World Cup, the upcoming five-game series against Pakistan is a chance for the former Blackcap to impress.

The opening game against Pakistan is a rare outing at his old stomping ground of Auckland.

"This being our biggest sporting stadium, when you play at a full Eden Park, it's pretty special," said captain Tim Southee. "We've had some pretty amazing games here across all three formats."

The 'City of Sails' has hardly been the city of cricket lately, with just four international games in the last three years.

Eden Park’s criticism has often been around the batting-friendly dimensions - a daunting prospect for bowlers. A more suitable cricket facility is among several new waterfront stadiums being pitched.

Adams is unsure if that's needed.

"When you're young, you can be a bit afraid of the moment, and that it might be an opportunity to fail and not succeed," he said. "Grounds like this [Eden Park] offer a great opportunity to succeed."

Adams could end up helping the Blackcaps to that in the long term.

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