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Alviro Petersen calls it quits

The 34-year-old’s retirement comes into effect from 1 April.

Proteas batsman Alviro Petersen. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Alviro Petersen on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket.

He made the announcement at the conclusion of the third Sunfoil Test match between the Proteas and the West Indies.

Petersen's retirement comes into effect from 1 April.

"I feel that at 34, it is time for me to retire from international cricket and to move on with my career. I intend playing county and franchise cricket for the next three years and also concentrating on my foundation and my cricket school," the player said.

Petersen, a right-handed batsman, said it was an honour to represent South Africa in the Test squad.

"I want to thank Cricket South Africa [CSA], my teammates, sponsors and cricket fans for all the support and memories over the years. I will miss the Proteas' amazing team culture that we have built.

"I wish South African cricket and the Proteas all the best for the future, especially for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australasia."

CSA Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat led the tributes to Petersen.

"Alviro's contributions to the Proteas' success cannot be measured only in statistics. His confident starts and solid opening stands have been vital to our growth."

Lorgat said Petersen helped make the Proteas one of the most formidable teams in the world.