Red-hot Ash ponders his future

Lancashire's Ashwell Prince
Lancashire's Ashwell Prince
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Ashwell Prince is in no hurry to make a decision about his future.

The popular Lancashire batsman has already postponed retirement once and after a strong start to the new season there are already calls for the 38-year-old to carry on into 2016.

The South African said: “At the moment I’m taking it game by game.

“I’ve got one or two interests that are starting back home in South Africa but that was a similar situation last year.

“We’re not even halfway through the season so I don’t want to make a commitment either way and we’ll see closer to the end of the season.”

Prince puts his fine form in the County Championship Second Division down to not playing in his native South Africa for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The left-hander, who played 66 tests, said: “It’s the first time I haven’t played for 12 months and the first time in 19 years I haven’t played in South 
Africa.

“It makes a big difference to be able to come back fresh, having had a good rest.

“Also with a young family I’ve been able to spend some time with them, a nice six months doing that.

“To be fresh for Lancashire, if it is to be my last season, it’s good to give it my best.”

Prince’s decision to play on in 2015 was in part down to Lancashire’s relegation from the top tier of English four-day cricket with the Red Rose going the right way about bouncing straight back.

He said: “It’s a big club and we know that the club should be in the first division and challenging for that championship, not the second division. But you are where you are because of your results and basically because of your own 
doing.

“You have nobody else to blame but yourselves as players.

“At the end of the day it’s up to us to rectify that and we’ve had a good start.

“We’re on the right track but there’s some good teams in the division that we have to play.

“The big word is complacency and for that not to creep in.

“We’ll take it one game at a time and one day at a time to try and get the job done.”