- South Africa
- All Rounder
- Nick name
- Kyle Abbott
- Batting style
- Right Hand Bat
- Bowling style
- Right Arm Medium Fast
- Current Team
- Indian Premier League 2016
- June 18, 1987
A pace-bowling all-rounder from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Kyle Abbott's cricketing skills are not dissimilar to those of the former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener. Abbott played for his home province first in 2008 and represented the Dolphins in 2010. He rose through the ranks by playing against Bangladesh ‘A’ and Sri Lanka ‘A’ and emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the first-class season of 2012-13 with Klusener as the Dolphins' coach. That performance earned him his maiden Test call-up for the home series against Pakistan. Abbott, who was part of the Chennai Super Kings side in 2015, will turn out for KXIP in the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League.
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.
Indian Premier League 2016