The rise of Kyle Abbott

19abbotA 25 year old from Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal who has been in the Dolphins (SA domestic franchise) setup for a while now, really started getting noticed this season.

His first class record speaks for itself, and when he was included in the SA invitational team to play Pakistan at the start of the tour, he was already in a real purple patch for the dolphins in their domestic first class competition, the Sunfoil Series.

After putting in one impressive performance after the other, he was included in the Proteas test squad for the 3rd Test against Pakistan after the injury of Morkel in the Newlands Test match.

Jacques Kallis then got injured during a practice session which gave Abbott the opportunity of his life when he made the team sheet for the 3rd Test to play Pakistan.

It will be interesting to see just how he performs, and whether the jump to Test cricket will be a bit much for him after only a couple of days with the Proteas management, or if he will grab the chance with both hands and put in a performance that will make things tough for the selectors to get rid of him.

I personally think he might struggle seeing as he has barely even had net time with top class cricketers like the Proteas, so to ask him to go do it out in the middle so suddenly might be too difficult. I just hope they stick with him for a while after the test, regardless of how he does at Centurion.

Here are his first class statistics (via cricinfo)

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
First-class 37 55 9 889 80 19.32 2055 43.26 0 4 126 6 10 0
List A 44 21 9 198 29 16.50 174 113.79 0 0 17 5 11 0
Twenty20 17 3 2 2 1* 2.00 6 33.33 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 37 68 6724 3044 141 8/45 12/96 21.58 2.71 47.6 9 7 1
List A 44 40 1828 1621 59 4/36 4/36 27.47 5.32 30.9 3 0 0
Twenty20 17 16 315 375 13 3/13 3/13 28.84 7.14 24.2 0 0 0

 

Matthew Nepgen

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