Although he took only four Sunfoil Series wickets in two games, Davids felt Peterson was the best South African four-day spinner on view during the domestic competition.
Morné van Wyk, the Sunfoil Dolphins skipper, endorsed Davids’ sentiments.
He said when the national selectors meet to discuss the One Day International and Test squads for the tour of Bangladesh, they should remember that Peterson was the man in possession for the One Day Internationals after a superb performance in Australia, and was also earmarked to play in a test against the West Indies.
An untimely injury curbed Peterson’s progress, and Simon Harmer got the nod instead of the South African left-arm spinner, said Van Wyk.
Van Wyk said when the test squad for Bangladesh is considered, Harmer, Imran Tahir and Peterson could be in the frame.
He warned that South Africa should rather pick four spinners and two fast bowlers for Bangladesh, instead of four fast bowlers and two spinners.
Peterson has taken 38 wickets in 16 Tests for South Africa.
Van Wyk said the Cape Cobras off-spinner Dane Piedt should be given another season at first-class level before he is hurried back to represent South Africa.
“They will do Dane an injustice if they select him too soon (following his shoulder surgery and rehabilitation),” said Van Wyk.
Piedt finished with a match-haul of eight for 152 in his test debut for South Africa against Zimbabwe.