Adam Hollioake

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Adam Hollioake
Personal information
Full nameAdam John Hollioake
Born (1971-09-05) 5 September 1971 (age 48)
Melbourne, Australia
BowlingRight arm medium
RelationsBC Hollioake (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 587)7 August 1997 v Australia
Last Test9 February 1998 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 143)31 August 1996 v Pakistan
Last ODI30 May 1999 v India
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 4 35 173 284
Runs scored 65 606 9,376 5,984
Batting average 10.83 25.25 38.74 28.09
100s/50s 0/0 0/3 18/55 2/30
Top score 45 83* 208 117*
Balls bowled 144 1,208 8,808 9,074
Wickets 2 32 120 352
Bowling average 33.50 31.84 41.05 23.25
5 wickets in innings 0 1 7
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/31 4/23 5/62 6/17
Catches/stumpings 4/– 13/– 157/– 87/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 July 2009

Adam John Hollioake (born 5 September 1971) is a professional athlete who is the only international cricketer to compete professionally as a Mixed Martial Artist.[1] He has also competed as a professional boxer. However he is most well known as a cricketing all-rounder who played for Surrey and England.[2] He captained Surrey from 1997 until 2003, winning three County Championships, and led the England cricket team in One Day Internationals. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2003.[2]

Since retiring from cricket in 2004, Hollioake has spent his time involved in charitable and media work as well as developing a property development business.[3] He moved to Perth, Western Australia[4] and later to Queensland. His property company, the Hollioake Group, collapsed in 2010.[5][6][7] As of 2018, he works as a cricket coach in Afghanistan and for the England Lions.[8]

Early life[edit]

Hollioake was born in Melbourne in 1971 and grew up in the mining town of Ballarat, where his family had lived for five generations.[2] His father, an engineer, had played cricket for local sides, but Hollioake showed a preference for Australian Rules Football while attending St Patrick's College, Ballarat.[2] The family moved to England in 1983 for 2 years where Hollioake attended St George's College in Weybridge. He would then move to Hong Kong for 3 years where he honed his cricketing skills and then back to Australia where he attended Wesley College where brother Ben would later study.

Cricketing career[edit]

Although born in Australia, both Adam and brother Ben learned their cricket at the Hong Kong Cricket Club Junior Gappers during the time their father John was working in Hong Kong before moving to UK. Hollioake was offered a contract by Surrey in 1989 and made his first-class debut for the county in August 1993.[2] He was awarded his county cap in 1995, during a season in which he scored 1099 runs and took 21 wickets.[2] He was described as an all-rounder with "aggressive batting and inventive medium-pace allsorts"[2] and began to share captaincy duties for Surrey with Alec Stewart in 1996. He captained Surrey from 1997 until 2003, and led them to victory in the County Championship in 1999, 2000 and 2002.[2] He went on to claim 9 trophies in his time as Surrey captain making him one of the most successful 1st class captains of all time.[6]

Hollioake made his England debut in two One Day International matches against Pakistan in August 1996.[2] He led the England A team on their tour of Australia in 1996–97 and was man of the series in the home One Day International series against Australia in May 1997, scoring the winning runs in all three games.[2] He made his test debut, playing alongside his brother Ben, against Australia in August 1997, scoring 45 runs in the first innings and taking two wickets.[2][9]

Although his test career lasted only four matches in 1997 and at the beginning of 1998, Hollioake achieved greater success in One Day Internationals, playing in 35 matches from 1996 to 1999.[6] He captained the side to victory in the 1997 Sharjah Cup, England's first tournament success for ten years.[2][3] Injuries and a loss of form saw him lose the captaincy after 14 matches.[2][10]

After 173 first-classes matches for Surrey, Hollioake retired from cricket at the end of the 2004 season.[3] He made an appearance in the 2005 Asian tsunami appeal charity match, taking a hat-trick,[4][11] and made a brief return to Twenty20 cricket in 2007, playing in eight matches for Essex.[12][13]

Charity work[edit]

Following the death of his brother and Surrey and England teammate, Ben, in a car accident in 2002, Hollioake and his family established the Ben Hollioake Fund to raise funds for CHASE hospice care for children.[4] In 2003 he undertook 'The Journey', walking from Edinburgh, then sailing the English channel from Brighton to Dieppe, riding from Dieppe to Gibraltar and finally rowing from Gibraltar to Tangiers.[10] The journey took over 2 months and raised several hundred thousand pounds for the Chase Charity.

In 2004 Hollioake's charity broke the world record for the number of participants in a continuous 100 metre relay.[14] Other fundraising projects Hollioake has been involved in include Cricket Challenge, which raises money for the Queensland-based charity Paradise Kids,[15] where members of the public compete against stars and cricketing legends, and the Battle of the Stars charity golf day.

Media work[edit]

Hollioake made several appearances on the BBC programme A Question of Sport and Sky Sports Cricket AM, as well as appearing on programmes such as the 2004 Test the Nation quiz.[16] He worked for Sky again in their coverage of the Ashes in 2010.[citation needed] In 2005 Hollioake took part in a revived Superstars programme on BBC television, finishing fourth in the competition behind skier Alain Baxter, Olympic athlete Du'aine Ladejo and rower Steve Williams.[17] In 2007 Hollioake and Ladejo formed Quiet Storm Productions, which owned the television show Australia's Greatest Athlete.[18]

Business career[edit]

Hollioake and other members of his family owned an Australia-based property company, the Hollioake Group, which collapsed with debts of around A$20 million and was liquidated in September 2010.[5] Following a long-running legal case, during which Hollioake and his father were sued by businessman Martin Ryman, Hollioake was declared bankrupt in 2011.[5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

As of 2018, Hollioake coaches Afghan Twenty20 cricket team Boost Defenders, who play in the Shpageeza Cricket League. He is also a fielding coach for the England Lions.[19][20][21]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Adam Hollioake
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Fighting out ofQueensland, Australia
TeamPotential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts
Years active2012–
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
By knockout1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 19 Sep 2015

In April 2012, he revealed that he would be starting a new career as a mixed martial artist in Queensland, Australia in the light heavyweight division.[1][7] Having already fought once as a boxer – knocking his opponent out in the fourth round – Hollioake made his MMA debut in the Days of Glory promotion on 5 May 2012.[6][7] The fight was resulted in a majority draw (with one judge favouring Hollioake), with Hollioake undecided about whether he would continue his MMA career in the future.[22]

On 1 September 2012, Hollioake defeated Warren Tresidder in the modified style of MMA which will eliminate the use of knee strikes, elbows strikes and kicks but allows limited ground fighting.[23][24]


Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 0 0
Draws 1
No contests 0

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 0–0–1 Joel Millar Draw (Majority) Glory 2 – The Struggle Within 5 May 2012 3 5:00


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  13. ^ Essex sign Hollioake for Twenty20, BBC sport website, 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  14. ^ World relay record for Hollioake, BBC sport website, 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  15. ^ Cricket Challenge Archived 29 November 2012 at, Paradise Kids. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  16. ^ Adam Hollioake, IMdB profile. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  17. ^ Baxter crowned Superstars king, BBC sport website, 2005-01-24. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
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  24. ^ Adam Hollioake v Warren Tresidder[permanent dead link] Jul 12, 2013, from, retrieved 14 November 2015

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