Batsman Ashwell Prince has declared that he could still do well for South Africa but is resigned to the fact he will probably never feature again.
Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince thinks he is still good enough to play Test cricket, despite not featuring for South Africa since December 2011.
However, Prince is realistic enough to realise that a return to the five-day game is highly unlikely and is instead concentrating on getting his side out of the County Championship Division Two this summer.
The batsman returned to England to play county cricket for Lancashire after Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not offer him a new contract with the national side.
The decision from CSA essentially brought the 35-year-old’s Test career to an end and despite believing he is still good enough, Prince is being philosophical about the situation.
“It’s not really me who has made that decision to retire from international cricket,” the Lancashire man said on ESPNcricinfo.
“It’s been almost 18 months since I last played a Test match and I think, if I’m being realistic, those days have well and truly passed.
“I still think I’m good enough to play Test cricket.”
Prince’s now seemingly finished Test career consisted of 66 matches and 3,665 runs at an average of 41.64.
The South African is currently enjoying his fourth successive season at Lancashire in the English County Championship, where he has scored over 2,000 first-class runs at an average of more than 46.
Prince just missed out on his first century of 2013 for the Red Roses when he scored 95 against Worcestershire in the drawn four-day match at Old Trafford, which concluded on Saturday.