Prince’s stubbornness stopped him playing more for SA

2014-03-26 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — Former Protea batsman Ashwell Prince says he could have played more Tests for South Africa had he not been such a tough guy.

Prince (36) will be playing his last first class domestic cricket game from tomorrow when he captains the Warriors against the Cape Cobras in Cape Town.

He leaves for England on April 1 where he will join Lancashire for six months before he finally puts his bat away.

“It has been an honour for me to have represented South Africa in 66 Tests but I rather think my personality counted against me at times.

“When I was left out of the team I was still good enough to have played for South Africa

“I was playing country cricket for Lancashire and I was top of the batting average order but was not selected again.”

Prince said he could have captained the Proteas for more than two Tests had he not been so stubborn.

He broke his thumb in 2008 and his place in the Test team was taken by JP Duminy.

The following year, he received a message from Mike Proctor, who was then convenor of the national selectors.

“I called him and he told me he had good news and bad news,” said Prince.

The good news was that I was in the team (for the third Test against Australia in Cape Town) and that Proctor wanted me to be captain.

“The bad news was that I will have to open the innings.

According to Prince, he made it clear to Proctor that he was not interested in being captain if that meant being one of the opening batsmen.

“I refused the captaincy and said that if I was to be captain I want to bat at number five where I normally batted,” said Prince

He was not made captain but played one of his best innings ever when he scored 150 as opening batsman.

One of Prince’s biggest disappointments had been not to score a century in India.

At this stage, he is uncertain about what he will do after retirement.

“I am considering getting involved with something that would provide more opportunities to young soccer players in the Port Elizabeth area,” he said.

Prince Stats:

Tests - 66

Runs - 3665

100s - 11

50s - 11

HS - 162*

Avg - 41.64

ODIs - 52

Runs - 1018

100s - 0

50s - 3

HS - 89*

Avg - 35.1

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