Ex-Proteas batsman to retire

Ashwell Prince (Gallo)
Ashwell Prince (Gallo)
Cape Town - Former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince has announced his retirement from cricket. 

The 36-year-old will play his last match for the Warriors when they tackle the Cape Cobras in a Sunfoil Series match in Cape Town, starting on Thursday.

Prince, who made his Test debut in 2002, went on to play 66 Test matches and 52 ODIs for the Proteas. 

He scored 3 665 Test runs at an average of 41.64, including 11 centuries and 11 fifties.

He made 1 018 ODI runs at an average of 35.10, including three fifties, while he only played one T20 international, scoring five runs.

Prince will spend the winter months with English county, Lancashire, before returning to South Africa with a new focus - soccer. He has always had a passion for the game and is hoping to establish an academy in Port Elizabeth.

At a dinner in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday night, Warriors coach Piet Botha referred to Prince as the “Ultimate Warrior” and said that his passion both on and off the field always had a positive effect on the team and that he had played a vital role in the success of the franchise over the past six years.

“I am looking forward to a new phase in my life and am very grateful for the opportunities that cricket has afforded me. I am thankful that I have had a wonderful career from a sport that I love and thank everyone that has been involved in any way over the past 19 years of my career,” said Prince.
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