He is also a devastating hitter of the ball down the order, and can play the reverse sweep as sweetly as any. He is no slogger, but a genuine all-rounder, although his flight and variation with the ball are his primary assets.
As fielder, he can throw the ball with both hands, something that has unnerved and surprised many batsmen.
Peterson received some call-ups to the One Day International team as well. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup he hit a winning boundary against Sri Lanka with a sneaky four past slip to deny the rampant Lasith Malinga.
He slipped out of national contention for a time, and didn't play for South Africa again for two years, but in the meantime represented the Warriors with distinction. In April 2009 he moved to Cape Town and, despite having a year remaining on his Warriors contract, requested a transfer to the Cape Cobras.
With his international dream seemingly in tatters, he headed to Derbyshire as a Kolpak player. When he was convinced to return to the national team, he made several telling contributions in the Cricket World Cup in 2011.
He finished as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament. He played the match-winning innings in a close affair against India, and took the initial three wickets in the opening burst against England.
Peterson’s test career has been a topsy-turvy affair, as he and Imran Tahir have seldom enjoyed a consistent run in South African whites.
Peterson took three for 44 and three for 127 in the series-clinching win in Perth against Australia in 2012 when South Africa wrapped it up by 309 runs.
In the series-decider against India in the Boxing Day test at Kingsmead, Peterson captured four for 74 to set up a test-win in 2013.
One of his four wickets was the impressive doosra with which he trapped Zaheer Khan in front.
Peterson was a crucial part of the Cobras team that won the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in December 2014 by beating the Chevrolet Knights at Newlands.
He also finished at the summit of the Cobras bowling averages with 11 wickets in his first five encounters at Momentum One Day Cup level in October and November 2014. It included a superb five for 25 against the Chevrolet Warriors at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.