Prince announces retirement

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“I love and thank everyone that has been involved in any way over the past 19 years of my career”

South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket once his deal with Lancashire finishes at the end of the season.

Prince, who last represented South Africa during the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in 2011, has played 66 Test matches, 52 ODIs and one Twenty20 International.

Prince scored 3,665 Test runs at an average of 41.64 and amassed 11 centuries and 11 half-centuries, with his highest score of 162 not out coming against Bangladesh in 2008.

The 36-year-old accumulated 1,018 ODI runs at an average of 35.10 and only mustered three half-centuries.

His career-best knock of 89 not out came against the West Indies in 2005.

“I am looking forward to a new phase in my life and am very grateful for the opportunities that cricket has afforded me,” Prince said. “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.”

Prince also revealed that he plans to start a football academy in his hometown of Port Elizabeth since many young children there do not get the opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional footballer.

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