Ashwell Prince reverses retirement to play for Lancashire again

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Former South Africa international Ashwell Prince has come out of retirement to help Lancashire next season after the veteran batsman suffered relegation with the Old Trafford side just last week.

The left-hander initially announced his retirement earlier in the season, but has reportedly reversed that decision with the ambition of helping Lancashire recover from a second relegation in three years in the County Championship.

The Red Rose county bounced straight back up last time around by winning the Division Two crown, but with a lot of changes going on at the club that could be a more difficult prospect in 2015.

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Prince - who last represented the Proteas in 2011 - announced that the recently concluded campaign would be his last in cricket before retirement.

At the age of 37 he has won 66 Test caps, scoring 11 centuries and averaging 41 with the bat in the five-day game.


However, that experience and ability was not enough to single-handedly rescue Lancashire from relegation. Survival was still attainable until the very last day of the season, but Middlesex managed to bat out their match against Lancashire to save their own skins.

It resulted in Lancashire being relegated for the second time in three years, having won the Division Two title to seal promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship in 2013.

A hectic season for the north-western county also saw head coach Peter Moores depart to take charge of his second spell in the England set-up. Glen Chapple took on the dual role of captain and coach, but now the club have rebuilding and appointments to make over the winter.

With everything up in the air, the news also comes that Prince - one of their most prolific run scorers in recent years - will now be available to play for them next season.


But now Prince has announced that he will do his part to help the club fight back from the disappointment of relegation next season.

The 37-year-old told the Manchester Evening News: “As a player, you feel partly responsible for going down.

“There's still a bit of fight left in the old boy so I'd like to help the club get back to where they belong."


Having initially joined the club in 2009, the South African has gone on to score more than 4000 runs for the county, including a best individual knock of 257 not out against Northamptonshire earlier this year.

"It's not going to be easy," Prince added. "There's been some big clubs trying to get back up into the first division. Fortunately, the last time we went down, we came straight back up."

But with the assurance of the veteran in the batting order for next season, Lancashire can once again rebuild a side that will carry them back to Division One.


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