Former South Africa spinner Robin Peterson retires from cricket

Robin Peterson File picture: James Oatway / Sunday Times
Former South African spin bowler Robin Peterson
File picture: James Oatway / Sunday Times

Former South Africa spin bowler Robin Peterson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old‚ who joined the VKB Knights for the 2016/17 season and has played in all five Sunfoil Series matches so far‚ made his Test debut in 2003 against Bangladesh‚ taking five wickets and scoring 61.

Peterson began his first-class career in the 1998/99 season with the Eastern Province and the Warriors and has also played for the Cape Cobras in a career spanning 16 years.

“I’d like to thank EP 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‚” said Peterson in a statement released by Cricket South Africa on Wednesday.

Peterson played in 15 Test matches‚ 79 ODIs and and 21 T20 International matches.

His last match for the Proteas was against Australia in Centurion in February 2014‚ taking the scalps of Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson as South Africa lost the first Test by a mammoth 281 runs.

“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.

“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,” Peterson concluded.

— TMG Digital




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