An average subsequent tour of the Caribbean temporarily dented his international progress.
On the England tour in 2004/2005, he resurrected his international career with a well-struck 80 off 50 deliveries in the series-clinching game in East London.
At home against New Zealand, he blasted 73 off 64 balls to underline his ability at international level.
Kemp, normally a belligerent hitter, showed he could play in a lower gear when he stuck around for 213 minutes while scoring 55 and deny Australia victory in the first test at the WACA.
It also proved to be the last of his four appearances in white SA uniform.
Kemp made his maiden One Day International century against India at Cape Town in November 2006.
Joining Andrew Hall with the South African innings in disarray, the duo added an unbeaten 138.
Kemp’s contribution was a memorable 100 off 89 balls.
Kemp’s last of 85 ODIs was in Faisalabad in October 2007. Subsequently, he opted to take the Kolpak route into county cricket by signing a two-year deal with Kent.
He was picked up by the Chennai Super Kings in the 2010 IPL auction for $100,000.
A domestic level, Kemp was a consistent performer with bat and ball and aided their successful cup-quest in the Sunfoil Series of 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
The lanky Kemp averaged 28.66 and nabbed out 22 wickets in the 2012-2013-season for the Cape Cobras.
He took 11 wickets and averaged 33.42 with the bat in the Momentum One-Day Cup competition in assisting the Cape Town-franchise to share the title with The Unlimited Titans.
A feature of the second half of his first-class career has been his ability to move the ball into and away from the right-handers consistently.
Wrist surgery in the off-season and a lengthy lay-off following injury in the Champions League Twenty20 kept the veteran all-rounder side-lined for a substantial part of the Momentum One-Day Cup competition in the summer of 2014.