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Champions Trophy: Alviro Petersen replaces Graeme Smith for South Africa

Alviro Petersen: South Africa call up experienced opener for Champions Trophy

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Alviro Petersen has been called into the South Africa squad for the ICC Champions Trophy as a replacement for the injured Graeme Smith.

Selectors opted for a like-for-like replacement for the opening batsman, who is likely to miss all of the English summer with an ankle injury that needs surgery.

Petersen is already in England, having signed to play for Somerset in the first half of the County Championship season, and he has been in fine form in scoring almost 500 runs.

He is Smith's regular opening partner in test cricket for the Proteas, but has only played 17 one-day internationals, the last of which was in January 2012.

"Alviro is the obvious choice," said Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson.

"He is a specialist opening batsman and also brings some useful experience on board following the loss of Graeme and Jacques Kallis.

"In addition he is in the form of his life, having scored almost 500 runs in three Division One games for Somerset, including two centuries, at an average in the high 80s.

"With the tournament being played early in the English summer we envisage that bowling conditions will favour the seamers and getting good partnerships going up front is going to be paramount to success.

"He handled these conditions extremely well during our Test tour to England last year."

Who will win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy?

  • England
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • West Indies
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • New Zealand
  • Sri Lanka