Abbott eager to stake claim

Kyle Abbott (Gallo Images)
Kyle Abbott (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Fast bowler Kyle Abbott is eager to prove his worth for the Proteas when they tackle India in the second Test at his home ground, Kingsmead, from Thursday.

Abbott was recalled to the squad for the second Test after Morné Morkel badly sprained his ankle in the first Test at the Wanderers.

Abbott, 26, played one Test for South Africa - against Pakistan at Centurion earlier this year - and impressed with match figures of 9/68.

He got his chance when Jacques Kallis withdrew on the eve of the Test due to a calf injury.

Abbott played for South Africa A against India A in four-day games earlier this year. He only took one wicket in the first "Test" in Rustenburg when India made 582/9.

Cheteshwar Pujara - who scored a hundred for India at the Wanderers - made 137 on a flat track.

And Abbott, without referring to any Indian batsmen, said he is relishing the prospect of bowling at them in more bowler-friendly conditions.

"Any bowler always hopes to get back at any batsman that once gave him a hard time," Abbott told the Volksblad website.

"It was a challenge (against India A) and I believe this will also be a good challenge."

Abbott, who took a five-for in a four-day game for the Dolphins at the weekend, said he has always harboured hopes of getting recalled to the Proteas set-up.

"Every guy that currently plays always believes he still has a chance. Cricket is a funny thing with an opportunity often around the corner."

With the series level at 0-0, the second and final Test starts in Durban on Thursday.

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