Ashwell Prince eyes run-filled season with Lancashire now international days are behind him
Ashwell Prince is focused on achieving success with Lancashire after admitting his international cricket days are over.
Last Updated: 15/04/13 4:48pm
Prince is certain he is good enough to play Test cricket but South Africa have not called on him since the end of 2011 in Durban, a loss against Sri Lanka which was their last defeat before a 15-match unbeaten streak took them up to No 1 in the world.
Lancashire signed the 35-year-old as a Kolpak player in March after his international contract was not renewed and he began the new county season with a fluent 95 against Worcestershire, which he hopes is just the start of another positive domestic summer.
"It's not really me who has made that decision to retire from international cricket," Prince said. "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 don't have anything to prove to anyone back home. I still think I'm good enough to play Test cricket. My record is there and if people don't have the belief in me anymore then there's nothing more I can do. I'm here and I'm committed to playing for Lancashire.
"Having played here as a youngster in the leagues and being used to the surroundings I have a good relationship with the squad and outside of cricket.
"I think it's important to be in an environment that you feel comfortable in and that's how I feel when I'm here.
"At the time in my career when people started doubting my abilities, Lancashire were there to give me an opportunity. I just feel I had to pay them back with some loyalty.
"I've got two years to run on my contract and I'm not getting any younger. I'll be 36 next month so I'll be 37 at the end of the contract. We'll see how the body is after that."