County news October 31, 2013

Somerset bring Petersen back for 2014

ESPNcricinfo staff

Somerset have secured the return of South Africa opening batsman Alviro Petersen as their overseas player for 2014.

His spell at Taunton last season was largely successful but was interrupted twice by international call-ups as Petersen was unexpectedly recalled to the South Africa ODI team.

However, next year South Africa are largely disengaged during the English season - only scheduled for a brief tour of Zimbabwe in August - and Petersen is expected to be available to Somerset for a majority of the summer.

Petersen provided some bright spots in a campaign of struggle for Somerset last season as they narrowly staved off relegation in the County Championship.

He made centuries in his first two appearances, helping secure a draw at The Oval before almost setting up victory over Warwickshire, and scored 562 runs at 46.83.

"I am delighted to have signed for the 2014 season, and look forward to contributing to the club once more," Petersen said. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club last year.

"The support I received from supporters, players, administrators and coaches was indeed special. I'm proud and very happy to be associated with such special people and supporters."

Dave Nosworthy, Somerset director of cricket, hailed the signing as "very good news" for the club. "We are all delighted that he has committed. Alviro is a quality player and a quality person, and we look forward to his contributions both on and off the field.

"Last season Alviro's tenure was somewhat disrupted by his unexpected recall back into the South African ODI squad - but this coming season we envisage having Alviro around with us for the entire season, apart from a possible short Test Series against Zimbabwe as per the ICC's Future Tours programme."

Having taken over from club legend Brian Rose before the start of last season, Nosworthy will enter 2014 under pressure after a difficult start to his tenure and rumours of tensions between him and captain Marcus Trescothick.

"This coming season is an important season for us," Nosworthy said. "As usual we canvassed and researched player options and balances thoroughly and always in the best interests of the team. Ultimately Alviro remained our stand-out option and it's great news that we'll have a familiar face once again gracing our beloved surrounds."

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  • John on November 2, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Agree that we need another batsman. Not sure if Moore from Lancs is still unsigned and not sure what his CC form has been like? Jos's CC form was nothing to write home about either but we'll miss him big time in the SFs. I think Moore would be an excellent signing for the SFs. Vs Notts when Eng had Buttler I still feel it really hampered us because we had no one coming in at 5 or 6 who could finish the innings and Trego was caught between 2 mindsets - esp when Kies got out. I'd say you could drop Tres down the order - floating around Jos's position - and then have the English 10 for the 50 over game of Kies,Moore,Trego,Hildreth,Nick,Tres,Mechede,Thomas,Waller, Overton or Kirby with maybe an overseas bowling all rounder. In the T20 have the same side and maybe an overseas batsman/batting all rounder for Hildreth or Nick and an overseas bowler

  • Paul on November 1, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    A bonus for Somerset would be for Petersen to take the opportunity to work on his off spin. All three current Somerset spinners - Waller, Leach and Dockrell - turn the ball the other way.

    It would be a good way for Petersen to get that little bit extra from a summer here.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    A good signing, especially after Butler left. I would still like to see us sign a English batsman. I do hope Jones and Barrow kick on, but I felt we were a batsman light last year after Supiah retired and definitely think we are now. I can't see either holding a place down and if we get an injury we are seriously light. There apparently is a fairly good youngster coming through who opens so could be a chance to fast track him? Probably will be Tres, Alviro, Compt, Hildy, Kiesy, Jones, Trego, Mesch, Thomas, Docktrell, J Overton. With Gregory and C Overton and Kirby as pace reserves and Leach for spin the bowling is fine - hopefully?

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