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South Africa opening batsman Petersen retires

The 34-year-old Petersen said he will now concentrate on playing domestic cricket in South Africa and English county cricket.

Associated Press |January 6, 2015, 5:42 PM IST
South Africa opening batsman Petersen retires

Cape Town: South Africa opening batsman Alviro Petersen is retiring from international cricket. Petersen made his announcement after top-ranked South Africa beat the West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Test on Tuesday for a 2-0 series victory.

The 34-year-old Petersen said he will now concentrate on playing domestic cricket in South Africa and English county cricket.

Petersen made a century on debut against India in 2010 and finished with five career centuries and eight half-centuries in 36 Tests at an average of 34.88.

Petersen said he will miss his teammates, "but it is time to move on."

South African players stood near Petersen in a show of support as he made the announcement at a news conference.

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