According to a piece in yesterday’s Times, former Surrey coach and ex-England international Chris Adams has put his name forward for the role of England Women’s Head Coach.
Adams certainly has the pedigree for the job. Though he only played a handful of Tests, he scored nearly 20,000 runs in his county career at Derbyshire and Sussex, including 48 centuries.
As a coach he won silverware with Surrey but later took the fall in the aftermath of the Tom Maynard tragedy and was sacked in 2013.
Unlike some of the names who have been mentioned in connection with the coach’s role, Adams has actually seen a bit of women’s cricket – CRICKETher sat next to him at the Sussex / Notts match earlier this year.
But herein lies the problem: Adams was there primarily because his daughter Georgia was playing for Sussex. A stylish opening batsman, Georgia Adams has captained Sussex when Sarah Taylor has been on international duty this season, and was the leading run-scorer in their victorious T20 campaign.
Having made a number of Academy appearances, the 22-year-old is definitely on the fringes of full international selection; which could leave both father and daughter in a potentially awkward position.
We’ve seen only these past few weeks the kind of problems that can occur, with the controversy over the selection of Owen Farrell for England’s crucial Rugby World Cup match with Wales. Farrell was a borderline choice, with many commentators preferring other options, so the fact that one of the coaches is his father led to many people putting two and two together… and rightly or wrongly, making the number they wanted to make.
Georgia Adams certainly warrants a potential opportunity with England; but the last thing she’d need under those circumstances is the suggestion that she’d only got her chance because her father was the coach; and equally the last thing the coach needs is whisperings that he’s given his daughter preferential treatment – if Chris Adams is in any doubt about that, he should just ask Andy Farrell!
So Clare Connor has a tough cookie to chew here – Adams could be a good option… and so could Adams; but is the line they’d all have to tread perhaps a little too fine?