South Africa’s Alviro Petersen retires from Test cricket

South Africa opening batsman Alviro Petersen has announced his retirement from Test cricket following the Test series against the West Indies.

The 34-year-old has also revealed that he will retire from international cricket with effect from April 1, 2015.

The right-handed batsman has decided to quit the game in order to concentrate on playing domestic cricket in his home country and the county cricket as a Kolpak player in England.

He has scored 2093 ( including five centuries) in 36 Tests for the Proteas at an average of 34.88, while he played 21 one-day international for his nation.

Petersen took to twitter to thank his teammates, fans and family.

Following the end of the three-match Test series against West Indies, South Africa retain their top status in the ICC Test Rankings.

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