Born on 25 November 1980, Alviro Petersen is a South African right handed batsman. He originally belongs to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town. In February 2010, in his Test debut against India, he became the 3rd South African to score century on debut.
The son of a taxi driver, Peterson read in the same school to that of South African Test batsman Ashwell Prince. At the initial stage, he represented Northerns African cricket team and also played for South Africa A before being selected in the South Africa’s ODI team in 2006.
His test debut was against India, where he made a record in his name by becoming the third South African to score a hundred on debut. His ODI debut was against Zimbabwe at East London in the year 2006.
His career after the debut went a bit low and he failed to score good in the following three Test series against West Indies, Pakistan and India and finally was dropped from the side.
Rise to Glory
Disappointed by his failures, he went to sign for Glamorgan in the 2011 season and surprisingly was the highest run-getter for them.
With runs under his belt in the domestic season, and South Africa struggling to find a stable opening partner for Graeme Smith, Petersen was recalled to the Test side against Sri Lanka at Cape Town in January, 2012. He scored a century in his comeback match and became a regular member in the Test squad.
Petersen has hardly missed a Test since his comeback but unfortunately he has not scored a hundred in the last 11 Tests that he has played. With the retirement of Graeme Smith, the team management wanted Petersen to step up and guide the younger opener.
On 6 January 2015, after the South Africa's victory in the third Test against the West Indies, Petersen announced his retirement from international cricket and that he would take up a Kolpak deal in English county cricket.
There was a dark phase of his life when he was banned in December 2016 from cricket for two years by the South African Cricket Board after his involvement in match-fixing in the 2015–16 domestic T20 competition.