Fired up Abbott excited to be back in
Durban – Born-and-bred KwaZulu-Natal seamer Kyle Abbott will form a
crucial cog in the Durban Heat’s bowling line-up for the upcoming Mzansi
Super League, a challenge that the experienced campaigner is looking
The tournament, which gets underway for the Heat at home on Sunday, 18
November, will see some of the country’s best players, as well as some
of the best international players, go head-to-head.
Abbott, who spent a large part of his career at the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins, has a number of significant memories of the ground and the
people that he played with him when he was part of the Durban side.
“Kingsmead has always been home for me and it always will be,” Abbott
said. “There are a lot of memories of Kingsmead including winning a
semi-final with the Dolphins in the T20 competition but also hitting the
winning runs in an international T20 against Australia.
“But to have played a Boxing Day test at Kingsmead against England
definitely stands out as it was something that I would always come and
watch as a child.
“We would trek down from Zululand to watch the Boxing Day test so that
is one of the memories that really significant for me. Especially having
the whole family here supporting me made it that much more special.”
With eight players in the Durban Heat squad who either play for the
Dolphins or have played for them in the past, it shows the faith that
the coaching staff have in the locally raised players.
Having been involved in a number of drafts in the past Abbott knew that
the best way was to just let the event happen and see the outcome at a
“I was away actually during the draft and had my phone off!” he said.
“But to be picked up by your home team was pretty special and although I
just wanted to get picked I was always hoping that I was going to be
coming to Durban.”
The Kearsney College old boy, who now spends a lot of his time playing
in the United Kingdom for Hampshire, has also been involved in a number
of T20 tournaments around the world and the side will be looking to draw
on his experience.
“T20 cricket is so interesting in that with the ebbs and flows you are
never too in it but you are never quite out of it at the same time.
“I think what I have drawn on in the past couple of years is just trying
to stay calm in those pressure situations.
“Staying calm for me is the most important thing. Just have a clear
focus and make sure that you execute your plans as simply as possible,”
With the likes of young seamers Okuhle Cele and Tladi Bokako in the
squad, Abbott, along with Vernon Philander, Albie Morkel and Marchant de
Lange, will be the guiding lights for the two exciting young seamers.
The Durban Heat’s first game is a home clash with the Cape Town Blitz at
Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on Sunday, 18 November.
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Durban Heat Fixtures:
18 Nov 11:00 Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz Kingsmead, Durban
21 Nov 14:00 Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans Kingsmead, Durban
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George's, Port
28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium,
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban Heat Squad:
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott,
Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon
Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele,
Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.