Thursday 27 March 2014 

Ashwell Prince Announces Retirement

Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince has announced he will retire from cricket later this year
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Former South African captain Ashwell Prince has announced his retirement, and has today (28th March) started playing in his last first-class game of cricket in South Africa.

Prince, a left-hand batsman, made his Test debut in 2002, going on to play 66 Tests for South Africa as well as 49 One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

He captained South Africa in two Tests against Sri Lanka in 2006, standing in for the injured Graeme Smith, becoming the first non-white player to lead the Proteas.

He plays his final game for the Chevrolet Warriors against the Cape Cobras before heading to England to play for Lancashire, after which he will retire from the game.

"I am looking forward to a new phase in my life and am very grateful for the opportunities that cricket has afforded me," Prince said.

"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."

In his 66-Test career that saw him bat both in the middle order and as an opener alongside Smith, he scored 3,665 runs and 11 centuries.

In 255 first-class games, he has scored 15,801 runs and made 37 centuries with a top score of 254, scored for the Warriors against the Titans in 2009.

He has also represented the Cape Cobras, Eastern Province, Nottinghamshire, Western Province and Western Province Boland.

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