Full name Kyle John Abbott
Born June 18, 1987, Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal
Current age 28 years 233 days
Major teams South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Dolphins, KwaZulu-Natal, Somerset 2nd XI, South Africa A
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Feb 22-24, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Centurion, Jan 22-26, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v Pakistan at Bloemfontein, Mar 10, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Mar 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v South Africa at Cuttack, Oct 5, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||KwaZulu-Natal v Gauteng at Durban, Feb 19-21, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa v England at Centurion, Jan 22-26, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Griqualand West v KwaZulu-Natal at Kimberley, Mar 1, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Knights v Dolphins at Bloemfontein, Feb 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Titans v Dolphins at Centurion, Dec 12, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|7*, 3/58||South Africa||v England||Port Elizabeth||6 Feb 2016||ODI # 3734|
|16, 0/36, 0/10||South Africa||v England||Centurion||22 Jan 2016||Test # 2200|
|1/66, 0, 1/62, 2||South Africa||v England||Durban||26 Dec 2015||Test # 2196|
|2/39||Dolphins||v Titans||Centurion||12 Dec 2015||T20|
|5/40, 4, 1/47, 0||South Africa||v India||Delhi||3 Dec 2015||Test # 2191|
|14, 0/18||South Africa||v India||Bangalore||14 Nov 2015||Test # 2188|
|0/32||Dolphins||v Warriors||Durban||8 Nov 2015||T20|
|2/31||Dolphins||v Knights||Kimberley||6 Nov 2015||T20|
|1/34||Dolphins||v Lions||Durban||4 Nov 2015||T20|
|0/45||Dolphins||v Titans||Centurion||1 Nov 2015||T20|
Kyle Abbott hails from the same area as Lance Klusener - Zululand - and that's not all the two have in common. Abbott follows Klusener as the second-most successful South Africa bowler on debut. His 7 for 29 in the first innings against Pakistan in Centurion in 2013 was a demonstration of speed and swing on a spicy surface.
In short, that is what Abbott is about. A tall, strong quick from Durban, his ability to bowl at pace and generate movement is what got him noticed. He began his career in the 2008-09 season for the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial side and then represented the Dolphins franchise immediately thereafter.
He was recognised by the national selectors when he was picked to play List A matches against Bangladesh A but remained on the fringes until 2012 when he was again called up to play 50-over matches against Sri Lanka A.
In the summer that Klusener took over as Dolphins' coach, Abbott's longer-form game developed and he was the leading wicket-taker in the first-class competition in the 2012-13 season with 49 scalps at an average of 15.36. His performances earned him a place in the South African Invitation XI to play the touring Pakistanis and it was against them that he made his Test debut. Abbott was included in South Africa's squad for the third Test of the series and made his debut after Jacques Kallis suffered a calf injury. Klusener's advice to him on the eve of the match was to "keep it tight," but Abbott did much more and ripped through Pakistan, taking 9 for 68 in the match - the third-best match figures by a South African on debut.
Such a memorable start could not be ignored but with no Tests scheduled for the next six months, Abbott disappeared from the international scene. He reappeared the following March, in a series against Australia, in which he played a T20 and a Test, as part of a four-pronged pace attack. It would be 10 more months before Abbott appeared in whites again, in December 2014, against West Indies, but he managed to make more regular appearances in limited-overs matches.
Abbott accepted the responsibility of bowling at the death but even that did not guarantee him a place in the team. His role was often limited to that of reserve and it was in that capacity that he traveled to the 2015 World Cup. He found himself thrust into a bigger role when Vernon Philander picked up a hamstring injury.
He played in half of South Africa's six group stage matches and the quarterfinal and was their most successful bowler in terms of strike-rate and economy. But Abbot became embroiled in controversy when he was left out of the semi-final XI in favour of the fit-again Philander, a decision which was later revealed as having been partly politically motivated.
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