Player Profile

Kyle John Abbott
South Africa
Born June 18, 1987 ( 32 Yrs )
Birth Place Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal
Known As
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

South Africa, South Africa A, Dolphins, Hampshire, Chennai Super Kings, Middlesex, Worcestershire, Kings XI Punjab, Warriors, Khulna Titans, Lahore Qalandars, Durban Heat, Northern Knights

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


A right-arm pacer with the ability to swing the ball while bowling accurate lines, Kyle Abbott comes from the same area where Lance Klusener came from, the Zululand. His Test debut materialized when Jacques Kallis got injured for the third Test against Pakistan in 2013. It might have been a stroke of luck which provided him with the opportunity, but there was nothing lucky about his performance. The pacer bagged seven wickets and returned with the ninth-best figures by a debutant.

It was in the 2012-13 season, after Klusener took over as the coach of the Dolphins' side, that Abbott's form got the much-needed impetus in the longer format of the game and he ended up as the leading wicket-taker of the season with 49 wickets. That's what got him into the fray for national selection in the first place.

Much before Abbott was a prominent name, as a 19-year old, he played for the English coastal side called Clevedon Cricket Club in 2006/07 and while he was playing there, he caught the eyes of Somerset CCC who gave him a chance to play in their second string squad.

However, it wasn't until 2008/09 that he played his first game back home for provincial side Kwazulu-Natal.

According to former South African bowling coach Vincent Barnes, Abbott is someone who generates good pace and swings the ball with control at high speed, which can be lethal at times. He can hit the ball a long way and is considered to be a useful bat lower down the order.

After his debut, opportunities in the Test set-up would only come few and far between due to the strength of the South African pace attack which comprised of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. Some of his prime years were spent living in the shadow of these greats.

In the limited-overs arena though, there was more scope. Abbott even made it to the squad for the 2015 ODI World Cup, and performed pretty well in the 4 matches that he was part of, taking 9 wickets. Earlier in that very year, Abbott had been bought by the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL.

Next year, South Africa turned to Abbott when Steyn had to miss most of the action due to injury. And he didn't disappoint. He even proved to be instrumental in the Test series in Australia and played a vital part in his team's monumental 2-1 victory.

Close to the end of 2016, murmurs started doing the rounds that Abbott had signed a Kolpak deal with English County Hampshire, which would effectively end his South Africa career. He later confirmed these reports and played his final game for the national team against Sri Lanka - the New Year's Test of 2017.

By Cricbuzz Staff


TEST debut vs Pakistan at SuperSport Park, Feb 22, 2013
Last TEST vs Sri Lanka at Newlands, Jan 02, 2017
ODI debut vs Pakistan at Mangaung Oval, Mar 10, 2013
Last ODI vs Australia at Newlands, Oct 12, 2016
T20 debut vs Pakistan at SuperSport Park, Mar 03, 2013
Last T20 vs Sri Lanka at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Mar 28, 2016
IPL debut vs Rising Pune Supergiant at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Apr 17, 2016
Last IPL vs Rising Pune Supergiant at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, May 21, 2016

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 28 13 4 76 23 8.44 126 60.32 0 0 0 6 0
T20 21 6 4 23 9 11.5 20 115 0 0 0 2 0
Test 11 14 0 95 17 6.79 338 28.11 0 0 0 10 1
IPL 5 3 2 13 12 13 8 162.5 0 0 0 0 1

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 28 27 1303 1051 34 21/4 21/4 4.84 30.91 38.32 0 0
T20 21 21 436 579 26 20/3 20/3 7.97 22.27 16.77 0 0
Test 11 21 2081 886 39 29/7 68/9 2.55 22.72 53.36 3 0
IPL 5 5 96 177 2 38/1 38/1 11.06 88.5 48 0 0