Picture of Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
South Africa, Africa XI, Boland and Western Province XI, Eastern Province, Eastern Province B, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Rest of South Africa, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Western Province, Cape Cobras, South Africa Under-19, Warriors
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test | Batsman
Home country:
South Africa
May 28, 1977, Port Elizabeth


Ashwell Prince found a place in the national team for the first time thanks to the then prevalent quota system in South Africa. With pointed elbows and a crouched stature, it has always seemed that Prince faced every delivery with a vigorous sense of servitude.

After first featuring for South Africa in 2002 and getting a run of caps under him, Ashwell Prince’s performances declined to force a two-year sabbatical into domestic cricket. In his brief stint with the national side, Prince couldn’t convert strong starts into long innings.
Upon his return in 2004 against New Zealand, the left-hander had two important cameos in as many ODIs, being the stand out batsman in low scoring affairs that eventually ended in defeats. He was recalled to the Test fold immediately to face Zimbabwe, and notched his first ton on his return outing. Further centuries on tour to West Indies and Australia cemented his place in the Proteas’ Test middle order. In ODIs, he continued not to capitalize on starts and was eventually dropped after a poor 2007 World Cup.

In the longer variant he continued to stack up tons against various nations on home and away surfaces and became one of South Africa’s dependable heads. Two of those centuries, one against West Indies in 2008 and the second while facing England the succeeding year helped South Africa to resounding innings defeats in their progress to restoring their lost formidability in International cricket. Deployed as an opener at times, a 150 in one such instance against Australia in 2009 helped his team win the third Test and avoid a series whitewash.

Fast Facts

  • During Graeme Smith’s layoff against Sri Lanka in 2006, Ashwell Prince captained the Test side to a 2-0 series defeat. In the process, he became South Africa’s first ever black captain.
  • He has the distinction of scoring a century against each Test playing nation.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 66 104 3665 16 41.64 43.70 11 11 162*
ODI 52 41 1018 12 35.10 67.77 0 3 89*
T20 1 1 5 0 5 83.33 0 0 5
CLT20 10 10 196 0 19.6 120.98 0 2 74
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 66 4 96 47 1 1/2 / 47 2.93 0 0 0 2
ODI 52 1 12 3 0 0/3 / - 1.5 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 47 0 4
ODI 26 0 6
CLT20 5 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 2 0 2 0 0 0


South Africa Vs Australia at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Feb 22, 2002
Last played:
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka at Kingsmead, Durban - Dec 26, 2011
South Africa Vs Bangladesh at De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley - Oct 09, 2002
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet - St Lucia - Apr 25, 2007
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Warriors Vs Wayamba at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Warriors Vs Somerset at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 05, 2011