A left-handed opening batsman, Adams has been one of Hampshire's most consistent performers in all forms of the game in recent years.
Adams enjoyed a successful first season at the helm in 2012, guiding Hampshire to a nail-biting Clydesdale Bank 40 final victory against Warwickshire off the last ball of the match. He played a part in the Friends Life t20 triumph, although Dimitri Mascarenhas marshalled the troops in that format.
A complete overhaul of his technique in the winter of 2008-09 turned Adams into a prolific batsmen on the county circuit and for a while he was a regular figure in the England Lions squad.
Having represented England at Under-19 level, the left-hander came on to the scene as a durable and resilient opener, captaining Loughborough UCCE in 2003 and playing a role in the 2005 Hampshire side that lifted the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy and finished second in Division One of the LV= County Championship.
In 2008 he found himself dropped from the team less than a month after being chosen as stand-in captain while Mascarenhas was on Indian Premier League duty, but Michael Brown's departure to Surrey in 2009 left a vacancy at the top of the order and Adams grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
A dynamic fielder, Adams took two spectacular catches in the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy semi-final against Lancashire as Hampshire reached the final, where he made 55 to help them beat Sussex.
He also excelled in the 2010 Friends Provident t20 with 668 runs making him the leading scorer in a competition the Royals won. After Dominic Cork's retirement from cricket at the end of the following campaign, Adams was handed the Hampshire captaincy.