Petersen ends international career as SA trounce Windies

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 6, 2015

Proteas opening batsman, Alviro Petersen, has announced his retirement from international cricket shortly after South Africa thrashed the West Indies by eight wickets to win the third and final Test match on day four at Newlands in Cape Town. With a 2-0 series victory over the islanders, the South Africans also retain the top spot on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings.

“I feel that at 34 it is time for me to retire from international cricket and to move on with my career,” an emotional Peterson said whilst being applauded by his teammates and fans.

“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 want to thank Cricket South Africa, my team mates, sponsors and cricket fans for all the support and memories over the years. I will miss the Proteas amazing team culture that we have built, International cricket, and especially, my team mates but it is time to move on.”

Peterson however indicated that he will continue to play franchise and county cricket. His international career stats consists of 36 Tests, 2 093 runs, five hundreds and an average of 34.88.

“Alviro's contributions to the Proteas success cannot be measured only in statistics. As a senior member of the team he played a key role in establishing a successful team culture and introducing younger players to it,” Cricket South Africa Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, said after the announcement was made.

“His confident starts and solid opening stands have been vital to our growth as a successful team. Together with Graeme Smith he shared in major partnerships totalling more than 2000 runs at an average of more than 42. This is excellent for an opening batting partnership which is arguably the most difficult job in the game, particularly under South African conditions.

“We well remember his century on debut against India at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2010 while his career best innings of 182 at Headingley in 2012 was pivotal to the Proteas beating England 2-0 and starting our standing as one of the best teams in the world,” Lorgat said.

He continues, “To have succeeded against the odds we know Alviro had to face during his formative years makes him a true role model for every youngster aspiring to play for the Proteas. The foundation he has set up to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities says a great deal about Alviro the man.

“On behalf of all at CSA, I wish to sincerely thank Alviro for his part in making the Proteas one of the most formidable teams in the world. He can look back with great pride and satisfaction on having contributed to the most successful Test era in South African cricket history.”

Peterson’s final game ended with him being bowled out for a duck by Sulieman Benn during the Proteas second innings, in which they required 124 runs for victory, after the West Indies were bowled out for 329 in their opening innings and then for a mere 215 in the second in replay to the Proteas opening total of 421.

AB de Villiers was named Man of the Match for his first innings total of 148 while Captain Hashim Amla was voted Man of the Series. Both sides will now shift focus to the first of three T20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals stating at the same venue on Friday.

 

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