Alviro Petersen is another member of South Africa’s top order who have had to work very hard to cement their spot in the side.
After making a century on debut, big things were expected of the softly spoken right-hander. Unfortunately for Petersen, a poor run of form left selectors with no choice but to drop him from the national side.
A move to Glamorgan in the 2011 County season resurrected his career, with Petersen topping the run scoring charts in all three forms of the game.
A sheer weight of runs forced him back into the national side, where he once again scored a crafty century in his first innings back.
2012 has been a success for Petersen, which sees him in the top 10 run getters for the year. 156 against New Zealand was followed up by an impressive 182 in England. The two huge knocks have sealed his spot in the side, and will have gone a long way in silencing his many critics.
Petersen’s new found confidence hasn’t been limited to Test cricket. Although he hasn’t played an international T20 match for over two years, Petersen captained the Highveld Lions to the final of the CLT20 earlier this year.
Although he didn’t have the best of tournaments, scoring just 63 runs at 10.5, his leadership was first class in front of his home fans.
While he has scored four centuries in his 16 match Test career, Petersen still has many doubters. The fact that he has only made three half centuries suggests he is a very scratchy starter.
If he can survive the new ball, records indicate he will be in for a very profitable Summer.