Alviro Petersen’s inconsistency probably forced the batsman into retirement © Getty Images

Jan 6, 2015

South Africa opener Alviro Petersen announces his retirement from international cricket at the end of the third Test against West Indies. Petersen was going through a rough patch lately and decided to hang up. Petersen has scored 2093 runs in 36 Tests at an average of close to 35. His One-Day International (ODI) career didn’t flourish like he would have wanted to as he just managed 504 runs in 21 matches at an average of 28

Petersen didn’t score big in the recently concluded series against West Indies and has not scored a century for a year and a half. Petersen’s place in the Tests was also under constant scrutiny and the 34-year old decided that he will no longer represent the Proteas, bringing curtains to his nine-year international career.

Petersen made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2006 and his Test debut against India in 201o. Petersen scored his last century in international cricket in January 2013, when he made 106 against New Zealand at Cape Town. He has not been in the best of nicks off-late and in the last two series has not made the sort of runs he was expected to make.