It is always a mystery how cricket in South Africa has been run. Ashwell Prince has been a fighter in the SA team for years, after maturing into one of SA’s most consistent batsman since our re-admission to cricket. Prince lost his place to Duminy and quite rightfully didn’t get it back from him. However there was certainly a spot for him in place of Mackenzie, yet this never happened. Prince has been recalled to the test squad, not only to fill the openers role, but to captain the side. Strange how Prince was dropped form the side then re-instated as captain. Even stranger was the captaincy was taken away from him not many hours later. I hope Prince is a lot more intelligent than I am, as I couldn’t figure out quite how that happened!!!
I recall the young Ashwell Prince, a man who was tempted by the hook and pull shot all too often. That young lad fell into the trap every time. Unsurprisingly Ashwell got the chop after chasing one too many early on in the innings and returned to provincial cricket to mature.
Prince returned to the international scene a far better player, a player who has steadied the shaky South African ship more often than he should have, which is how SA went unbeaten for 10 tests. The unfortunate injury cost him his place and the very fortunate Neil Mackenzie kept his place.
Prince will return to the SA test side as an opener next week, a position he would be unfamiliar with, however this week in the Supersport series, Ashwell has opened for the Warriors and has sent a warning to Australia, he is quite comfortable opening the batting. Prince is currently 171* at the close of play, I am sure his nerves were calmed down by the next great opening batsman for South Africa, Jon Jon Smuts who made 46 and let Prince steal the limelight.
The Warriors are a side to watch, Lopsy Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell play there as well as Prince, Kallis and Boucher. JT Smuts will be the next big name from the Warriors, perhaps after he has finished his studies at UPE, as Smuts is a fairly serious guy about things like academics.