Cricket

Petersen gears up for Tests

2012-10-31 11:54
Alviro Petersen (Gallo)
Sydney - Proteas’ opening batsman Alviro Petersen says the mental aspect is the important change he has to make to his cricket as he shifts from the T20 format  to Test match cricket.

Petersen arrived in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon, two days after leading the bizhub Highveld Lions in a successful Champions League T20 campaign in which they lost to the Sydney Sixers in the final.

“It’s the mindset,” Petersen said about the required tweak. “It’s all about getting into the right frame of mind, making sure that duration comes into play, which is about batting for a long period of time.

“It is important that you stick to your disciplines, especially up front. It is about knowing where you have to play, what sort of areas you want to score in; you definitely put the darting of T20 cricket away.”

Petersen is making his fourth trip to Australia, after touring with the National Academy in 2002 and twice with the SA Emerging Players squad in 2006 and 2007.

“I think Australia is close to South Africa so hopefully it (conditions) will play exactly the same as back home,” he said. “I have been to Australia three times before, I enjoyed it the last time around so hopefully this time it will be better.”

Petersen and Graeme Smith have formed a stable partnership at the top of the order in the last two years, with the pair averaging just under 46 in 28 innings. They have three century stands to their credit with their highest being 153 against Pakistan in the UAE in 2010.

“Graeme is a good leader for us, he has done well for us upfront and he gives a lot of confidence to the team as a whole. It is always nice to walk out with him,” he added.

Petersen has had an excellent year with the bat for the Proteas, scoring 509 runs at an average of 72. He has achieved the remarkable feat of scoring a century in every series this year. His tally reads: 109 against Sri Lanka in January, 156 against New Zealand in March and 182 against England in August, an upward trend he would like to continue against Australia.   

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