Full name Kyle John Abbott
Born June 18, 1987, Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal
Current age 28 years 320 days
Major teams South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Dolphins, Kings XI Punjab, KwaZulu-Natal, Somerset 2nd XI, South Africa A
Playing role Bowler
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 Cape Town, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Mar 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Mar 28, 2016 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 Cape Town, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Knights v Dolphins at Bloemfontein, Feb 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab at Hyderabad (Deccan), Apr 23, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/34||Kings XI||v Sunrisers||Hyderabad (Deccan)||23 Apr 2016||T20|
|12*, 0/32||Kings XI||v KKR||Mohali||19 Apr 2016||T20|
|1/38||Kings XI||v Supergiants||Mohali||17 Apr 2016||T20|
|2/14||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Delhi||28 Mar 2016||T20I # 554|
|2/36||South Africa||v Afghanistan||Mumbai||20 Mar 2016||T20I # 542|
|3/41||South Africa||v England||Mumbai||18 Mar 2016||T20I # 540|
|1/52||South Africa||v Mumbai CA XI||Mumbai (BS)||15 Mar 2016||Other T20|
|0*, 1/32||South Africa||v India||Mumbai||12 Mar 2016||Other T20|
|0/32||South Africa||v Australia||Cape Town||9 Mar 2016||T20I # 526|
|1/32, 6*||South Africa||v Australia||Durban||4 Mar 2016||T20I # 519|
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 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. He ripped through Pakistan, taking 9 for 68 in the match - the third-best match figures by a South African on debut.
Abbott struggled for a regular Test spot in an attack whose regular quicks included Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, and instead made a name for himself in limited-overs matches, where he accepted the responsibility of bowling at the death. While that did not always guarantee him a place in the side, he traveled with South Africa to the 2015 World Cup and found himself thrust into a bigger role when Philander picked up a hamstring injury.
He played in half of South Africa's six group stage matches and the quarter-final and was their most successful bowler in terms of strike-rate and economy. But he was left out of the semi-final XI in favour of the fit-again Philander, a decision that was later revealed as having been partly politically motivated. He went on to feature more regularly in the ODI and T20 teams and was also part of the side that played in the 2016 World T20.
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