South African batsman Ashwell Prince has rejoined Lancashire for the fourth season running.
Lancashire County Cricket Club have confirmed that they have re-signed South African international Ashwell Prince for the forthcoming County Championship season.
The Proteas batsman joins the club for the fourth consecutive season as Lancashire bid to gain promotion back to Division One at the first time of asking.
The 35-year-old was the side’s only overseas player in 2012, scoring 1,008 runs for the campaign, but it was not enough to save them from relegation.
“I was part of the team that went down last season and I want to be part of the team that is going to fight our way back to where we belong,” Prince said on the Lancashire CCC website.
The former South African Test player was offered contracts by several Division One sides but chose to stay with Lancashire, signing a new two-year contract.
Prince will be available for all three county competitions, subject to the South African being successful in his visa and registration applications.
The batsman has played 66 Tests for South Africa, scoring 3,665 runs at an average of 41.64, although he hasn’t played any international cricket since December 2011.
Former Australian opener Simon Katich is another confirmed overseas player for Lancashire in 2013, returning to the Rose Bowl after his stint there in 2010.
Ex-England paceman Kabir Ali has also joined the club along with all-rounder Wayne White, but Kabir will miss the start of the County Championship season with a knee injury.
Lancashire start this season’s campaign with a home game against Worcestershire on 10 April.