Ab­bot leads South Africa in dom­i­nant vic­tory

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

KYLE Ab­bott came into the Test se­ries un­sure if he was among his team’s top four pace bowlers, yet fin­ished as manof-the-match in South Africa’s in­nings de­mo­li­tion of Aus­tralia in Hobart yes­ter­day.

The 29-year-old seamer from Zu­l­u­land cracked open the porous Aus­tralian bat­ting with the fig­ures of six wick­ets for 77 to fin­ish with nine wick­ets for the match.

It was Ab­bott’s prob­ing swing that un­did the brit­tle bat­ting or­der, en­gi­neer­ing an­other col­lapse of eight for 32 in 116 balls and plung­ing Aus­tralian cricket deeper into a cri­sis of con­fi­dence.

Ab­bott, who was called into the Hobart Test as a re­place­ment for se­nior strike bowler Dale Steyn, who suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury in the first Perth Test, rev­elled on the re­cep­tive Bel­lerive pitch.

“We never thought we would get close to bowl­ing them out in a ses­sion,” Ab­bott said.

“From the start of the Test we spoke about win­ning in the last ses­sion, tak­ing it deep and be­ing pa­tient, so when things speed up like that, it is re­ward­ing.

“But we bowled re­ally well last evening and that was our in­vest­ment ses­sion for this morn­ing.”

Ab­bott was part of a po­tent three­man pace at­tack along with Ver­non Phi­lan­der and young gun Kag­iso Rabada, who played his part by tak­ing the other four wick­ets in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond in­nings.

“We know the con­fi­dence in the Aus­tralian mid­dle-or­der is a bit low to put in a per­for­mance there,” he said.

“A bit of mo­men­tum in our favour, know­ing that when we’ve had them three or four down, we’ve rolled through them.”

Ab­bott said the South African team worked on be­com­ing more ruth­less.

“That’s what we’ve wanted to re­ally im­prove on in this se­ries, and re­ally fight­ing as hard as we can and be­ing ruth­less and cre­at­ing pres­sure from both ends with the ball,” he said.

“That’s what Test cricket is about, who can hold the pres­sure the long­est and be­ing ruth­less and never be­ing happy with what you’ve done and want­ing more.

“We are in a good space and I think our cricket is prov­ing that.”

Photo: AFP

South Africa’s pace­man Kyle Ab­bott de­liv­ers a ball to Aus­tralia’s Josh Ha­zle­wood (right) on the fourth day’s play of the sec­ond Test cricket match be­tween Aus­tralia and South Africa in Hobart on Novem­ber 15.

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