South Africa paceman pens Hampshire deal

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White, pictured, is excited about the signing of South Africa quick bowler Kyle Abbott. Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire director of cricket Giles White, pictured, is excited about the signing of South Africa quick bowler Kyle Abbott. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Kyle Abbott revealed he will fulfil a ‘long-time ambition’ when he lines up for Hampshire this summer.

The South Africa fast bowler has penned a deal as the club’s overseas player for the forthcoming season.

The 26-year-old will arrive at the Ageas Bowl ahead of the side’s second County Championship game of the campaign – against Gloucestershire on Sunday, April 13.

And he will be available for both first class and limited overs formats, provided he is not recalled for international commitments.

Abbott, who has taken 165 first class wickets at an average of 21.92, said: ‘It’s been a long-time ambition of mine to play county cricket and I have heard great things about Hampshire.

‘I am excited about the opportunity and am grateful Cricket South Africa have given me permission to play, subject to my Dolphins and South African commitments.

‘I look forward to meeting up with the Hampshire team in early April and hopefully I can contribute to some good wins.’

Abbott burst onto the international scene with seven for 29 on his bow against Pakistan in February of last year.

It was the ninth best return by a Test debutant in history and came on the back of a domestic campaign which saw him finish as the leading wicket-taker in South Africa.

The Sunfoil Dolphins 
right-armer, who has yet to add to that sole Test cap, has played two one-day internationals and one t20 for the Proteas.

While his ability as a bowler is clear, Abbott is also a powerful striker of the ball with four first class half-centuries to his name.

And Hampshire director of cricket Giles White is looking forward to welcoming him to the club.

He said: ‘To have a bowler of Kyle’s quality available for the entire 2014 campaign is a huge boost to the squad.

‘He comes highly recommended both as a player and a person and we look forward to him joining up with the squad in April.’