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Kyle Abbott's final ever Test victim was... ?

2017-01-06 18:00
Kyle Abbott (AFP)

Cape Town - Fun sporting quiz question in years to come: Who was Kyle Abbott's last ever Test scalp for the Proteas?

An emotional Abbott addressed the media following the conclusion of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Thursday - his final ever Test for South Africa.

Abbott confirmed he'd signed a four-year Kolpak deal with English county side Hampshire, citing "security" as his main motivating factor for heading north.

All told, Abbott, who will turn 30 in June, played 11 Tests, 28 ODIs and 21 T20 internationals for his country.

After making his Test debut in February 2013, Abbott would be dropped, selected, dropped again and re-selected for a further 10 Tests over the following four years.

This despite taking 7 for 29 in the first innings of his first ever Test (against Pakistan in Centurion) - the second-best figures in an innings for South Africa on Test debut!

Despite his record-breaking feats, Abbott was promptly dropped for the next six Tests, and would continue to yo-yo in and out of the national team over the coming years.

Abbott's final Test wicket tally will forever read 39, good enough for 44th spot on the list of all-time South African Test wicket takers.

Ironically, having started his career in historical fashion, Abbott would go wicket-less in his final Test, recording first and second innings figures of 8-3-9-0 and 15-3-46-0, respectively.

Abbott's final Test victim would come in Sri Lanka's second innings at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on December 30, 2016 when he trapped all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for 22.

Go well Kyle. Thanks for the - all-too-few - memories...

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