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Petersen to extend Somerset stay

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 9, 2013

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Alviro Petersen reaches his fourth Test hundred, England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day, August 2, 2012
Alviro Petersen will now stay at Taunton until the end of July © AFP
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Alviro Petersen, the South Africa opening batsman, has agreed to extend his early-season stint with Somerset and will now play in the Friends Life t20.

Petersen, 32, had initially signed for the first half of the County Championship season but will now extend his stay until the end of July.

He has not played an ODI since January 2012 and is unlikely to be involved in South Africa's Champions Trophy campaign that begins on June 6. He will therefore be available for the Flt20 which begins on June 26.

"I am very pleased that I will now be able to stay on at Somerset and play Twenty20," Petersen said. "Over the years they have done well in the competition and I would like to think that my contributions will help them to lift the trophy."

Petersen has a steady record in Twenty20 having played 72 domestic matches averaging 28.08 with 13 half-centuries. His runs have come at a healthy strike rate of 121.56.

He will attempt to help Somerset on their way to an elusive trophy. The ghost of many near-misses hangs over them having not won a competition since 2005 despite contesting three finals since and losing in the 2012 Flt20 semi-final.

"This is great news for Somerset," Somerset head coach Andy Hurry said. "Having a top class performer like Alviro in our T20 squad will certainly boost our batting and bring a wealth of experience to the side."

Somerset encountered problems trying to bring in overseas players last season. Their initial signing of Chris Gayle was scuppered by his return to the West Indies one-day squad. And a subsequent attempt to bring in Faf du Plessis was blocked by Cricket South Africa.

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Posted by JG2704 on (January 10, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

@Munkeymomo on (January 09 2013, 22:57 PM GMT) I'm not as convinced he'll do so well in the shorter formats. I like VDM and Rehman being our overseas T20 players.If not someone like Vettori or Guptil or Hafeez

Posted by Munkeymomo on (January 9, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

Cool, Alviro is class, good to have him aboard, hope Rehman and Roelof can fit in as the other two spots (2nd half of season and full season). I wonder if Kevin O'Brien has any plans to return to Taunton.

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