• Abbott extends Hampshire stay

    Former Proteas seamer Kyle Abbott has signed a three-year contract extension with Hampshire in English county cricket.

    The extension has effectively ended the possibility of an international return for the 32-year-old Abbott, who played 11 Tests, 28 ODIs and 21 T20Is between 2013 and 2017 before forging a career in the United Kingdom.

    ‘I’m delighted to have signed a new three-year contract with Hampshire. We have a great bunch of players and coaching staff all striving to achieve success for the club and I look forward to contributing to winning trophies in the coming years,’ said Abbott.

    ‘I don’t have any regrets about giving up international cricket. I haven’t from the day I walked away. All I want to do is play cricket and enjoy it. Hampshire have been brilliant in giving me a home since that day in early 2017. I love playing here, I love the club, my teammates, and I couldn’t be happier.’

    Abbott recently took a record-breaking 17 wickets in Hampshire’s County Championship Division One victory over Somerset at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

    The talented right-armer followed a first-innings haul of 9-40 with 8-46 in the second for a match tally of 17-86. The figures marked Hampshire’s best in first-class cricket – and the most prolific overall since England’s Jim Laker took 19-90 against Australia in 1956.

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