Andre Adams is hoping a repeat performance of his form last season will help Nottinghamshire to a County Championship crown this year – and himself to the FTI Most Valuable Player award.
The Kiwi all-rounder was the third highest wicket-taker in the Championship in 2011, accounting for 67 batsmen at a terrific average of 22.61.
His exceptional swing and seam bowling also saw him named best performing player in the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s FTI MVP rankings for the four day game, and to a tenth place finish overall.
And after also tasting success back home in Auckland this winter he is now more determined than ever to lift silverware on both a team and a personal basis.
He said: “Obviously I was pleased with my performances last season and it was nice to know that I was the highest placed player in the FTI MVPs for the County Championship.
“It will be tough to win the Championship as we did in 2010 as it is now a very competitive, but we’re all very excited about the new signings we’ve made over the winter and are quietly confident about success.
“It’s been a great winter for me back home and I’d like to think I can inject some of that winning mentality into the dressing room at Trent Bridge. If I can challenge in the FTI MVPs too that would be a real bonus.
“It is a special award for any player as every facet of your game is judged against your fellow professionals. Topping the table when it is so competitive out there is a big achievement.”
The FTI MVP Awards are a statistical benchmark used by the PCA, players and coaches to examine each aspect of a player’s game in relation to his peers. Now in its sixth season, the ranking system rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held.
There are also bonuses awarded to players whose runs and wickets contribute to a win for the team, with captains earning points for their command of the side. Bowlers receive higher marks for among other things good economy rates, bowling maidens and for getting out higher order batsmen.
In addition, batting points are handed out for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs each batsman contributes. Fielding points are awarded for catches, run outs and stumpings, with bonuses for five or more dismissals in an innings.
Adams finished on 415 points in the FTI MVP rankings for the LV= County Championship, 29 points clear of his nearest challenger David Masters of Essex.
His 67 wickets were just one short of equaling the number he took in 2010, when his performances played such a large part in bringing the Championship crown to Trent Bridge.
Adams was also a key member of the Auckland Aces team that won the HRV T20 trophy in January this year, following a resounding victory over Canterbury.