Justin Kemp

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Justin Kemp
Personal information
Full name Justin Miles Kemp
Born (1977-10-02) 2 October 1977 (age 38)
Queenstown, Eastern Cape, S. Africa
Nickname Kempie
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 279) 20 January 2001 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 16 December 2005 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 63) 14 January 2001 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 23 October 2007 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–2003 Eastern Province
2003 Worcestershire
2003–2005 Northerns
2005–2007 Kent Spitfires
2007–2009 Nashua Titans
2009–present Cape Cobras
2013–present Antigua Hawksbills
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 4 85 156 300
Runs scored 80 1,512 7,116 6,445
Batting average 13.33 31.50 34.54 34.10
100s/50s 0/1 1/10 12/27 3/39
Top score 55 100* 188 107*
Balls bowled 479 1,303 14,461 7,838
Wickets 9 32 248 201
Bowling average 24.66 31.71 26.86 29.60
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/33 3/20 6/56 6/20
Catches/stumpings 3/– 33/– 224/– 130/–
Source: CricketArchive, 15 December 2013

Justin Miles Kemp (born 2 October 1977) is a retired South African cricketer who has played Test and ODI cricket for South Africa since the 2000–01 season. Kemp is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast medium bowler. His batting is noted for the high frequency of sixes, particularly those hit out of the stadium. Kemp currently plays for Kent and has some large totals to his name as a batsman. His 56 ball century at Canterbury helped win the game and he ended up on 118 from 67. His 57 from 31 balls at Tunbridge Wells against Ireland included 5 sixes and 2 fours.

Kemp is the third generation of his family to play first-class cricket: his grandfather John Miles Kemp played a single match for Border in 1947–48, while his father John Wesley Kemp made three appearances for the same province in 1975–76 and 1976–77. His cousin is former South African international David Callaghan.

International career[edit]

In 2003, Kemp played in England for Worcestershire, with a best bowling return of 5-48 in the County Championship against Glamorgan in June, and a top score of 90 against Hampshire in the same competition in September.

Kemp made his International debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka on 14 January 2001. He made his Test debut a week later also against Sri Lanka. He was taken on the tour of the West Indies in the 2000/2001 season but he did not score many runs and was involved in a controversy when he admitted smoking marijuana. He was selected for eight more One day games but again he disappointed and was dropped. He was out of the South African side for nearly three years until he was selected to play in the home series against England. In this series Kemp impressed with his big hitting with him smashing 80 runs from 50 balls in an innings that included 7 sixes. Following his performances he was picked for the series against Zimbabwe and in the match at Durban he hit 53 from 21 balls in an innings that included 5 sixes. He was then taken on his second tour of the West Indies where he made an impressive 65 at Trinidad. He was then selected to represent Africa in the Afro-Asian Cup although he batted lower down the order and struggled. In the South African season of 2005/2006 he showed that he is a match winner when he blasted 73 from 64 at Bloemfontein. Kemp then went on his first tour of India where he showed he was able to bat on slower pitches. He went on the South African tour of Australia where he made a rare appearance in a Test Match when he and Jacques Rudolph formed a partnership that rescued a draw for South Africa at Perth. He was not picked for the second Test and has not been picked in a Test Match since. He struggled in the VB Series that involved Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa with him averaging just 17.00. He quickly returned to form when Australia toured South Africa as he made 51 from 41 balls at Newlands Cape Town.

He was selected in South Africa's squad for the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India where he showed he is more than just a big hitter when he made 64 from 110 balls in a partnership with Mark Boucher.On 26 November 2006, in the third ODI of the series between India and South Africa, his side were at 137 for 7 when Kemp came in and smashed his way to his maiden ODI century with the help of Andrew Hall. Together they put on a World Record 8th wicket stand of 138 and took their score to 274, with Kemp named Man of the Match. He also showed that he is a useful medium pace bowler when he took three wickets at St George's Park Port Elizabeth. He was selected in the 30 man provisional squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Indian Cricket League[edit]

In 2008, Kemp joined the rebel Indian Cricket League, which is not recognised by any cricket board or the ICC, thereby ending his international career with South Africa. In the ICL, Kemp played for the Hyderabad Heroes team.

County Cricket[edit]

On 20 March 2008, the ECB banned Kemp and four other Kolpak players because of their involvement in the ICL. The decision was, however, overruled and Kemp has been cleared to play for Kent, with whom he has a two-year deal. However, changes to the Kolpak regulations meant Kemp could not return to the county for 2010.[1]

Indian Premier League[edit]

In 2010, Kemp joined the Chennai Super Kings franchise of Indian Premier League for an amount of $100,000.


  1. ^ "South African batsman Justin Kemp will not be returning to Kent next summer". KentOnline. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009.