Australian bowler Sean Abbott was left in awe of his own record-breaking feats after equaling the fastest hundred hits in English T20 cricket history.
- Abbott equaled the English T20 record set by Andrew Symonds 19 years ago
- His century came from just 34 balls, including a run of 30 over Kane Richardson.
- Abbott’s highest hit in 76 previous T20 innings had been just 41
The Surrey bowler destroyed Kent’s bowling at the Oval in the T20 Blast competition, reaching triple figures in just 34 balls on Friday night to equal the competition record set by his late great compatriot Andrew Symonds for Kent against Middlesex ago. 19 years.
However, the unassuming Abbott, who quickly became a popular figure with the county champions, paid tribute to one of Australian cricket’s old heroes afterwards.
“I don’t think people should be talking about me and ‘Roy’ at the same time,” he said.
“But that was a lot of fun.”
It was an astonishing shot that featured 11 sixes and seven fours, including 30 on 17, 6-4-6-4-4-6, off fellow hapless Australian Kane Richardson.
Even more remarkable, the 31-year-old Abbott, who salvaged a difficult situation for Surrey after coming to 4-64, had never before scored 50 (his best had been 41) in 76 T20 innings.
Instead, his 110 not outs from 41 balls completely transformed the match, taking Surrey to 5-223 before holding Kent to 7-182 and sealing a 41-run victory.
“I’ve got to have a talk with[his Sydney Sixers captain]Moises Henriques at home, maybe I’m batting too low,” Abbott said when asked on Sky TV about the transformation of a man who had only made 51 runs in seven. Entries throughout the BBL 2022-23.
“No, we have a class team at home in the Sixers, so I can’t ask to hit much higher. I’m just grateful for this opportunity.”
“This isn’t going to sink in for a while. First game (Blast) at the Oval in front of a home crowd (of 17,000), haven’t hit that good for a while, good to go out there and do my best. Got a bit lucky But, wow, that was so much fun.”
Luck came when, after being bumped off the order to number six and running to his half-century on 23 balls, including three long-hit sixes off George Linde, he was dropped by the same player off Joey Evison when he had on a 87.
But Abbott could not be stopped and reached the milestone with two more straight sixes against another Australian, 41-year-old Kent veteran Michael Hogan.
The fastest T20 centuries ever
chris gayle — 30 balls (Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors in Bangalore) 2013
Rishabh trousers — 32 balls (Delhi v Himachal Pradesh in Delhi) 2018
Wihan Lubbe — 33 balls (North West v Limpopo in Paarl) 2018
andres symonds — 34 balls (Kent v Middlesex at Maidstone) 2004
Sean Abbott — 34 balls (Surrey v Kent at The Oval) 2023
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