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Kyle Abott, South Africa

Kyle Abott

Fast bowler Kyle Abbott helped South Africa reach the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, having made a relatively quick rise to the top.

He made his first-class and one-day debuts in the 2008/9 season playing for KwaZulu Natal and made steady progress with the Dolphins before a breakthrough season in 2012/13 saw him take 65 first-class wickets.

That earned him a Test debut against Pakistan and he marked it in fine style by taking seven for 29 and two for 39 as the Proteas wrapped up a huge win.

Further Tests against Australia and West Indies followed, testament more to South Africa’s strength in depth than any dip in performance by the tall pacer.

His first ODI also came in 2013 and after cementing a spot in the team in the run-up to the World Cup, he played in group matches against West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan as well as the demolition of Sri Lanka in the quarter-final.

As well as KwaZulu Natal and the Dolphins in South Africa, he has played for Hampshire in England.