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Kyle Abbott added to South Africa squad for Durban

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December 22, 2013

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Kyle Abbott was named Man of the Match on debut, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Centurion, 3rd day, February 24, 2013
Kyle Abbott had had a terrific Test debut against Pakistan in February © AFP
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Fast bowler Kyle Abbott has been added to South Africa's squad for the Durban Test against India, which begins on Boxing Day. Abbott has been called in as cover for Morne Morkel, who badly sprained his ankle during the first Test and so is a doubt for the second.

Abbott has been in form in domestic first-class cricket, claiming a five-for in Dolphins' win against Lions. He had had a terrific start to his Test career as well: in his debut Test in February 2013, against Pakistan in Centurion, he took a match haul of nine including 7 for 29 in the first innings. But he hasn't played since for South Africa, with Rory Kleinveldt - the other back-up fast bowler in the squad - being preferred. In Durban, he is likely to get the nod ahead of Kleinveldt if Morkel doesn't make it.

Morkel not making it is a big possibility, given the South Africa physio says there's only 20% chance he will be fit in time. Smith said as much after Johannesburg Test: "The diagnosis Brendon Jackson, the physio, has given is that he is 20% ready for Durban, which Morne believes is 80%. At the best of times, he struggles to control those legs. We missed him in our second innings. Let us hold thumbs, but I don't think the prognosis is great."

Morkel had turned his ankle while fielding on the third day at the Wanderers, and had to be helped off the field. He was taken to the hospital immediately, and it was confirmed that it was a Grade 1 sprain. On Sunday, he spent time in a decompression chamber in hospital to bring down the swelling in the ankle. As the match drew to a close, he was ready to bat if needed and was seen padded up in the change-room. However, his mobility is minimal at the moment Smith said, and his ability to run between the wickets if he had come out to bat would have been almost non-existant.

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Posted by Robster1 on (December 25, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

It's a no brainer that Abbott plays and Harmer must now be close to a call up.

Posted by theCricketPurist on (December 24, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

It would have been great to see McLaren replace Tahir, and Abbot replace Morkel (if injured). Going for an all out pace attack would not be a bad option because:

1. Tahir consistently bowls 2 lollipops in an over. This is just not acceptable. It would have been great if he had more control. RSA would have been unbeatable. But unfortunately that is not the case.

2. Peterson is no Paul Harris. He will be hit for runs too. If RSA do play a spinner, then it should be Tahir.

3. India will be forced to attack pacers.What we saw in the 1st game was that India were watchful against the seamers and feasting on the spinners. With no spin option they will be forced to attack the seamers to get the scoreboard ticking.

So the team probably would be: Smith, Peterson, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers, DuPlessis, Duminy, Philander, Steyn, Abbot, Kleinveldt/Tahir

Posted by SA_FAN315 on (December 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

SA managed to take 20 wickets even with a front line bowler down and India couldn't do the same.......STYEN did the right thing by not getting out and bringing Morkel out to bat as that would have further injured his ankle and Tahir is a walking golden duck and we all know that and SA should take heart in their performance....

I also saw a lot of people mentioning that De Lange should be in the squad and i also want the same but i heard one of the commentators mentioning that he is injured at the moment...

I believe that Durban test is going to be even better than this one as i'm sure we are going to see a fired up DAYLE STYEN.. remember that he wasn't 100% fit in the first test and was often leaving the field but he should be all fired for Durban

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (December 24, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Two reason of bad 4th Innings bowling. 1))Bad spin bowling as duminy-tahir both gone for 2-2 wickets each & aswin hadn't take least one. We can believe he hadn't bowled bad but true thing is that he couldn't find a wicket against not so well spin players. # Change him with Jadeja. Better batsman & better bowler according to condition. 2)) Bad use of new ball in both Innings. we produced only 1 wicket between early overs of all 3 new ball.Bad Zaheer who Leaked runs at 4.25/over in 2nd inning & taken only 1 wicket because of bad dicition. #change him with Bhuvi. He always use new ball batter than all others. Try him in atleast 1 away test. He just put out by 1 bad performene in 1st ODI.

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (December 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Two reason of bad 4th Innings bowling. 1))Bad spin bowling as duminy-tahir both gone for 2-2 wickets each & aswin hadn't take least one. We can believe he hadn't bowled bad but true thing is that he couldn't find a wicket against not so well spin players. # Change him with Jadeja. Better batsman & better bowler according to condition. 2)) Bad use of new ball in both Innings. we produced only 1 wicket between early overs of all 3 new ball.Bad Zaheer who Leaked runs at 4.25/over in 2nd inning & taken only 1 wicket because of bad dicition. #change him with Bhuvi. He always use new ball batter than all others. Try him in atleast 1 away test. He just put out by 1 bad performene in 1st ODI.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (December 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

The much vaunted Proteas attack will need to take a look at itself ahead of the second Test. Dale Steyn has earned himself an off day at the office and I'm sure he will come back. The spin attack was average and will probably be done away with altogether. Smith now has the option of ABD bowling! Kyle Abbott will be a great addition although a tough assignment awaits on Boxing Day.

Posted by Ind.fools on (December 24, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Kyle will surely destroy the Indian line up ..

Posted by syed.r.karim on (December 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn: how did u find the record of PAK performances? Average India looks very average in overseas condition. India should win the game where they were so lucky, Amla's ludicrous out, Kalis's wrong LBW decision, Markel's injured, those all are happen in a same test match. If they can't win this match, I am sure they can't win single match in overseas for long time. Now the record is 9/0 that will be 90/0.

Posted by aussie1993 on (December 23, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

@nav6 let me remind u sa have not lost test series from 2009 and last 2 test series in india for sa were draw while india lost so badly to england in their own den 2-1 poor indian avg. team

Posted by aussie1993 on (December 23, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

@lingu boy u r taking about this match what abt 4 tests which he played against aussie last year in australia when pointing,clarke and warner destroyed his figures in all 4 tests ashwin can only bowl on dust bowls of india show me a single bowler who does not have an off test but ashwin has got only 6 wickets from his 7 tests overseas india r always avg team not dominant as past aussies nd windies

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