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.”

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