Ashwell Prince calls time on career

Former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince has announced his retirement at the age of 36.

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CAPE TOWN - Former Proteas cricketer Ashwell Prince has announced his retirement from cricket, bringing an end to a career that spanned nineteen years and included over 15,000 First Class runs.

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

Having made his Test debut in 2002, the left hand batsman went on to play 66 Test matches and 52 One Day Internationals for the Proteas, posting a total of eleven centuries and fourteen half centuries. Prince's fielding was also a vital aspect of his game, with his proud record standing at 348 domestic catches and 73 catches in international cricket.

Prince will spend the winter months with his county Lancashire before returning to South Africa with a view to establishing a football academy in Port Elizabeth.

"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.

Cobras captain Justin Ontong, who played alongside Prince at Western Province and for South Africa 'A', says Prince was the ultimate team player.

"He always played the game in the right manner, and was very competitive on the field, as one should be. It's obviously a sad time to see a player of that calibre playing his last game, but we know as a cricketer that we all have to get to that stage."

Prince's fighting spirit on the field will always set him apart from the rest, according to Ontong.