Chris Adams is looking forward to crossing swords again with his former Sussex team-mate and coach Peter Moores, having masterminded Surrey’s return to the County Championship top flight.
While Adams was guiding the Lions to Clydesdale Bank 40 success against Somerset and promotion from the LV=County Championship’s second division, so Moores was steering Lancashire to their first Championship winner’s pennant since 1934.
Adams, who credits Moores for helping to develop his own coaching ethos, is delighted by the former England coach’s success with Lancashire and is full of praise for Moores’ role in the long-overdue success at Old Trafford.
Adams said: “I remember Peter telling me when we worked together at Sussex that winning the trophy really wasn’t the point of it all. What really matters is the journey you go on in order to achieve your success.
“If you turned up at the start of a season and won every game by 100 runs and completely dominated, then you’d win all the trophies. But it wouldn’t mean half as much. You need to experience the highs and terrific lows in order to fully appreciate what you do ultimately achieve.
“Peter has enjoyed a journey this year and winning the County Championship with such a young squad will mean so much more to him than maybe if he’d won it with the star-studded Lancashire side of six or seven years ago.
“Nobody backed them as serious contenders at the start of the year, but like us at Surrey, Lancashire have had a great journey together this summer and well done to them.”
While Adams is looking forward to the challenges of first division cricket, he believes that some of the targets and expectations heaped on the shoulders of all 18 county coaches are, at times, unrealistic.
“All county coaches are faced with three effective targets at the start of each season,” added the former Derbyshire and England batsman.
“To be competitive in all forms of the game, create a pathway for your young developing players at the club, and finally, deliver quality players to the international game in order to represent their country.
“I’m not sure if all three are effective deliverables, and in fact you’d maybe have to be a miracle worker to pull it off. The sticking point is creating the pathway for inexperienced players. You have to try to do that while also losing your best players to England, so how on earth can you stay competitive?
“It’s a tough challenge, but the key to it is getting a nucleus to the side that doesn’t go anywhere. That’s why our entire squad at Surrey, other than Pragyan Ojha, is England-qualified and it is why we played seven or eight players under the age of 25 in all competitions.
“That’s the brief I gave myself coming here to Surrey: I wanted to produce quality young cricketers who would aspire to go on and play for England. That, to me, is why we’re all here.”