Abbott ready to go with the flow

2015-03-06 00:00

AUCKLAND — His World Cup contribution off the field is as important as what he has accomplished on the field, says Kyle Abbott.

It is for that reason that he will not be down and out should he have to watch tomorrow’s game from the stands. The 27-year-old Dolphins seamer had everyone talking on Tuesday when he took a career best 4/21 against Ireland in Canberra.

Only a few days prior to that he took the scalps of the dangerous West Indian pair of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels during South Africa’s record 257-run win in Sydney.

Despite this, Abbott will most probably make way for Vernon Philander in South Africa’s starting line-up for the group match against the Pakistanis at Eden Park.

“Look, I would like to believe that I have put up my hand during the last two matches, but who­ever is chosen for the game, he has my support — end of story,” said Abbott.

“It will take more than just 11 players to win the World Cup. All of the 15 players in the group have to remain sharp because you never know when you will get your chance. Vernon was injured and suddenly I was on the big stage. When that happens, you have to perform.”

Abbott admits that his success has surprised him.

“You always hope everything will go well, but you are still surprised when it happens that way. Cricket is a funny game.

“The guys put in a tremendous amount of work, especially those who have not yet had any opportunity to play. I believe it is more difficult to immediately impress in your first game after you’ve been sitting on the side for a while as opposed to having played regularly and steadily,” he added.

“I am now geared for both possibilities — regardless of what happens from now on.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.