Kemp has the ability to hit monstrous sixes and dominate an attack, especially ones that persist in keeping the ball up to him.
After six years on the fringes of the South Africa team, Kemp chose to pursue a career as a Kolpak player with Kent in 2007.
His 80 from 50 balls against England in early 2005 set South Africa up for a mammoth total in an ODI and catapulted him into worldwide recognition.
He made his Test debut in 2001 against Sri Lanka, but disappointed in the three Tests he played.
He was recalled to the side for the 2006 series against Australia.
Kemp impressed in the first Test, recording his maiden Test fifty and helping Jacques Rudolph save the game before injury struck.
He helped Kent challenge for the Frizzell County Championship title in 2005 until he was called up for a South Africa training camp, though he agreed to return to the county in 2006.
He hit his maiden ODI century against India at Cape Town in November 2006, but struggled for his best form at the 2007 World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 later in the year.
Kemp was dropped from the one-day squad and overlooked for a central contract in early in 2008, prompting him to retire from international cricket and sign a two-year deal with Kent as a Kolpak player.
It initially looked as though Kemp had failed to fulfil the registration requirements, but he was eventually given permission to play.
After all the furore, Kemp was something of a disappointment, scoring only 412 runs in 10 championship games at an average of 25. His sole century came against Sussex.
Kemp underachieved in the limited overs formats, but his 49 almost carried the Spitfires to the Twenty20 Cup final at the Rose Bowl.
Kemp improved his returns in 2009, but the change to regulations regarding Kolpak players led to hid departure ahead of the 2010 season.