ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Alviro Petersen
Full name Alviro Nathan Petersen
Born November 25, 1980, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Current age 33 years 146 days
Major teams South Africa, Essex, Glamorgan, Lions, North West, Northerns, Somerset, Titans
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v South Africa at Kolkata, Feb 14-18, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 1-5, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v Zimbabwe at East London, Sep 18, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v South Africa at Pallekele, Jul 26, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||West Indies v South Africa at North Sound, May 19, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v South Africa at North Sound, May 20, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton, Apr 13-16, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001/02|
|Last List A||Lions v Knights at Johannesburg, Nov 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Titans v Lions at Centurion, Apr 8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Dolphins v Lions at Durban, Jan 22, 2014 scorecard|
Alviro Petersen, a right-hand opening batsman who forged a path to Test cricket in 2010 - nine year after his professional debut. It seemed as if he had turned his back on his country in 2011 after signing a county contract with Glamorgan but was picked again at the start of 2012 and has now cemented his place at the top order in international cricket.
With a cool head and a stoic, self-contained batting style, Petersen is primarily a leg-side player although he can bring out the perfect cover drive at will. On the fringes of the national side throughout 2009, an injury to Mark Boucher presented him with a Test debut against India in Calcutta. He made a century, only the third South African to do so, and didn't do too much wrong before he was dropped after the New Year's Test of 2011, also against India. He averaged 33.65 at the time and, although he had not lit up the world, he also hadn't darkened it but Jacques Rudolph's sheer weight of runs pushed Petersen out.
But Rudolph's return was unsuccessful and the selectors went back to Petersen, a century for South Africa A against Australia on a green pitch in Potchefstroom providing a compelling case.
On his comeback, in the New Year's Test against Sri Lanka, exactly a year after he was dropped, Petersen scored a century to show that he belonged. A milestone followed in each of the next two series he played, both times coming when questions arose about Petersen's presence in the starting XI. His 156 in Wellington against New Zealand came after two matches in which he made little impact while his 182 against England at Headingley turned around a tour that began with 42 runs in four innings, including a duck in the first Test at the Oval.
Petersen has since ticked over, with a century against New Zealand in Wellington his only stand out performance, though he remains a solid opener.
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