Robin Peterson, the former South Africa allrounder, has announced his retirement from all cricket. He made his South Africa debut during the Champions Trophy in 2002, and played 15 Tests, 79 ODIs and 21 T20Is, taking 137 international wickets and also scoring four half-centuries.
Peterson, 37, was a useful member of South Africa's side with his restrictive left-arm spin and clean lower-order hitting. His career highlights include six wickets in the Perth Test of December 2012 to help South Africa clinch a series win in Australia, a crucial all-round display (61 in the first innings and 4 for 74 in the third innings) to help beat India in Durban in December 2013, and 15 wickets at 15.86 in the 2011 World Cup to finish as South Africa's top wicket-taker in the tournament.
"It is with mixed emotions and fond memories that I would like to announce my retirement from professional cricket," Peterson said. "It's been an incredible journey with so many people that have supported and encouraged me along the way. First and foremost I'd like to thank all my team-mates for all the special memories they've helped create along the way, as well as all the coaches that have played a role in my development and as mentors throughout my career.
"I'd like to thank Eastern Province and Warriors cricket for giving me an opportunity and seeing something in me that I didn't think existed, and Cobras Cricket for the wonderful years I've spent down In Cape Town. I'd also like to thank the VKB Knights for allowing me into their space and for the management at Free State cricket that have handled my decision with impeccable professionalism and a human touch.
"To the fans I'd like to say a special thanks for always making me proud to represent you guys while representing the Proteas and our wonderful country. I'd like to thank my agent Arthur Turner for all his support too.
"Lastly I'd like to mention my family for their unwavering support and love shown throughout my career and introducing me to a game I'll continue to love forever. It's been an exciting journey for me and I'm looking forward to creating more wonderful memories pursuing other interests while spending time with my wife Portia and son Harper."