The VKB Knights batsman, Keegan Petersen, has finally received recognition for his good form over the past two seasons in domestic cricket by receiving a call-up to the Proteas Test squad.
The Proteas are currently locked in a thrilling four-Test series against England, which is standing at one win a piece as South Africa won the Boxing Day Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion by 107 runs, while the English claimed the New Year’s Test at Newlands in Cape Town by 189 runs.
The 26-year-old Petersen who hails from Paarl and first made his mark on domestic cricket for the Cape Cobras, was called-up to the Proteas group after the opening batsman, Aiden Markram, fractured his finger on Day Two on the 1st Test.
It came as no surprise that Petersen was overlooked to play in the second Test as there had been players in the squad who had been there longer than the diminutive batsman.
The star of the Knights Awards last year did, however, take to his first Test for South Africa in the Mother City, but only as a fielder as he was on 12th-man duty, unfortunately not enough for Petersen to earn his first international cap for South Africa.
While his time will come in national colours, arguably the most important of this was that although he was the last player to join the squad, he was not one of the five players released by the Proteas to re-join their franchise to play in the domestic series.
This group of five players included the likes of Temba Bavuma. This is an indication of the how highly Petersen is regarded by the current national coach, Mark Boucher.
With the Test series deadlocked at one-win a piece it remains to be seen if Petersen will be considered to play in the 3rd Test, which starts on 16 January at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.