Alviro Petersen Announces International Retirement
South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen has announced his retirement from international cricket, confirming he will no longer be available to the Proteas after 1st April.
He made the decision following the end of the Test series against the West Indies, which South Africa won 2-0.
Petersen contributed just 86 runs in four innings and at the age of 34, feels the time is right to move aside.
"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," he said.
"I want to thank Cricket South Africa, my team-mates, sponsors and cricket fans for all the support andmemories over the years."
He added that he intends to continue playing domestic cricket for another three years as he also devotes time to the foundation he has set up to help disadvantaged children and his cricket school.
Petersen first played for South Africa in 2006 when he made his One-Day International debut against Zimbabwe, scoring 20 in his first match and then making 80 two days later.
However, he did not play again for 18 months but would go on to make 21 appearances in all, scoring 504 runs at an average of 28.
In the Test arena, he had more success, however, joining Graeme Smith at the top of the order in Kolkata in 2010, marking his Test debut with a score of 100 against India.
He went on to score four more centuries, as well as eight half-centuries, and 2,093 runs in total at an average of 34.88.
That average has dropped by almost four runs since his last Test hundred, scored against India in December 2013 in Durban.
His career-best of 182 came against England at Headingley in 2012.
Paying tribute to Petersen, Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa Chief Executive said, "As a senior member of the team he playe a key role in stablishing a successful team culture and introducing younger players to it.
"His confident starts and solid opening stands have been vital to our growth as a successful team."
Petersen currently represents the Lions in South African domestic cricket, having previously played for Gauteng, Northerns and the Titans.
He has also played for Khulna Division in Bangladesh and turned out for three counties in English domestic cricket - Essex, Glamorgan and Somerset.
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