Matthew Mott would welcome Alviro Petersen back to Glamorgan

Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen made his South African Test debut against India in 2010

Coach Matthew Mott hopes that South Africa Test batsman Alviro Petersen will return to Glamorgan in the future.

Petersen has returned to South Africa after his one-year contract with the Welsh county expired at the end of the season.

And in praising his efforts during the season, coach Mott said Petersen would be welcomed back at Glamorgan.

"We would dearly love to have him back at some point... he's done outstandingly well for us," said Mott.

Petersen scored more than 2000 runs in all forms of cricket during his season with Glamorgan, including more than 1000 runs in County Championship Division Two.

The 30-year-old was named the players' player of the year and the Championship player of the year at the county's end of season awards.

Glamorgan have signed Australian Test batsman Marcus North as their overseas player for the next two seasons.

But Mott has not ruled out Petersen returning to the Swalec Stadium in the future.

"We hope and pray that one day he will come back to the club," added Mott.

"Alviro's certainly committed to South African cricket in the short term.

"It's up to him to map out what he wants to do with South African cricket. He's considering a few different options, as he would do as an international cricketer.

"He's led the club through some tough times and he hands over the baton now to Mark Wallace.

"I think the club is better for what he's done this year."

Wicket-keeper Wallace has been chosen as Glamorgan's captain for next season and Mott says the 29-year-old will be an "asset" in his new role.

"What Mark brings to the team is stability," said Mott, who previously coached New South Wales.

"He's been around the team for a long time [and] he's been part of a successful culture when he first started.

"He's a very level-headed bloke, he's got great leadership qualities [and] he goes about his business in an extremely professional way.

"Deep down I think all the players within the squad admire him as a person and I hope he brings out the best in the players. I've got a great relationship with him.

"He's Glamorgan through and through, a Welsh boy who has grown up in the system and I think he is going to be a real asset to the club."

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