On this day: Paul Adams makes history as SA’s youngest test cricketer

On this day: Paul Adams makes history as SA’s youngest test cricketer

On this day in history, South Africa unleashed a new mystery spinner in the form of Paul Adams. He would become the youngest player ever to represent the Proteas test cricket team.

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During the famous Boxing Day test match in 1995, the South African cricket team took the bold decision to give Paul Adams his debut.

Not only was Adams inexperienced and risky as a spin bowler, he was still in his teens.

At 18 years and 340 days of age, Adams became the youngest ever Proteas test cricketer when he took to the field against England.

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A left-arm unorthodox spin bowler, Adams became known as 'Gogga' due to his strange bowling action.

Briefly.co.za recalls that England batting legend Mike Gatting famously referred to his action as a "frog in a blender".

Adams had the last laugh though, as he tormented England during the first-class warm-up match and took key wickets during the test series.

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Unfortunately, Adams' career was stifled through injury and he was often in and out of the side after batsmen learnt how to read him.

However, he still claimed the most wickets for a South Africans spin bowler.

Adams had a stint as a cricket pundit and has since gone into coaching.

Gogga's career went full circle when he was named as coach of the Cape Cobras cricket team.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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