Kyle Abbott

Bowler
Shirt Number:
87
DOB:
18/06/1987
Born
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Debut
April 2017 v Yorkshire
Best Performance
7-41 v Middlesex (April, 2017)

Kyle Abbott is a right-arm fast bowler and right-handed batsman.

He was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has represented South Africa in all three formats at International level.

Having first featured for KwaZulu-Natal in 2009, Abbott’s ability to bowl accurately at pace soon saw him noticed and he was selected to feature for South Africa A just three years later.

The call-up coincided with topping the domestic first-class wicket charts in South Africa, with the seamer claiming 49 wickets at an average of just 15.36 in the 2012/13 campaign.

His performances continued to impress and in 2013 Abbot was rewarded with International debuts in all three formats. He certainly made his presence felt in his opening International contest, taking match figures of 9-68 on Test debut – the third best match figures by a South African in their first Test appearance.

With an array of talented pacemen available for the Proteas, Abbott found himself in and out of the national side shortly after, leading him to join Hampshire in 2014 where he made a positive impression during a season-long stay – in which he picked up 36 first-class wickets at an average of just 20.33.

The 29-year-old soon earned an International recall, featuring prominently in South Africa’s 2015 ICC World Cup campaign before also making a return to the Test side a year later, claiming 6-77 in the second-innings against Australia.

In January 2017 it was announced that Abbott had re-signed for Hampshire on a four-year deal.