South African vice-captain Ashwell Prince has signed to play for Lancashire, stepping into the breach as the club's overseas player before VVS Laxman arrives once his Indian Premier League commitments are completed.
Prince, who has played 47 Tests for his country, scoring ten centuries, played for Nottinghamshire for a short period last season after starring during South Africa's 2-1 Test series win over England.
Prince missed the recent series win in Australia with a broken thumb but is expected to be fit when Australia travel to South Africa later this month.
“As we experienced last season, the first two months is non-stop cricket with plenty of Championship and One-day fixtures in a short space of time," Lancashire Director of Cricket Mike Watkinson said. "It’s important we get the best possible start, and to have the services of a world-class batsman like Ashwell over this period will help us set the foundation to what we hope will be a highly successful season.”
“‘I’m really pleased to be coming on board with Lancashire," Prince said. "My initial conversations with Mike Watkinson have been very positive and I see myself playing an important role for them in the middle order. I enjoyed my stint in the UK last year and am excited to be joining such a proud and successful club.”
Prince joins a long list of illustrious names to have signed for Lancashire in recent seasons that includes Laxman, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram, Mohammad Yousuf and Brad Hodge.
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