Alviro Petersen announces retirement from international cricket
South Africa’s Test opener Alviro Petersen has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
Petersen, who was a part of the Test squad that defeated West Indies (2-0), took this decision after the end of the third Test at Cape Town that South Africa won by 8 wickets.
During his final press conference, Petersen was quoted in saying:
“I want to thank Cricket South Africa, my team mates, sponsors and cricket fans for all the support and memories over the years. It has been an honour to represent my country and to be part of a South African Test team that is ranked number one in the world.
“I feel that at 34 it is time for me to retire from international cricket and to move on with my career.”
Petersen also said that he intends to play county cricket for a while before bidding adieu to the game.
“I intend playing County & Franchise cricket for the next 3 years and also concentrating on my Foundation and my cricket school,” he added.
Alviro Petersen played a total of 36 Tests, in which he scored 2093 runs at an average of 34.88 with 5 centuries and 8 half-centuries. His highest Test score of 182 came against England at Headingly in 2012. This was probably one of the best innings witnessed in Test Cricket. When all the other batsmen failed to score big, Petersen held one end together and played this innings with extra responsibility. In his last Test, he scored 42 and 0.
Petersen also featured in 21 ODIs for South Africa. He scored 504 runs at an average of 28.00 with 4 half-centuries. He also played 2 T20Is and scored 8 runs.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2015
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