Ashwell Prince: Lancashire batsman says break is key to form

Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince has struck three centuries so far this summer

Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince believes his extended break in the off-season has helped his run-scoring form so far this campaign.

Prince did not play domestic cricket in South Africa in the winter and reversed his decision to retire in November.

The 38-year-old former South Africa left-hander struck 230 in the Red Rose's win at Derbyshire and has hit 771 runs this season averaging 96.37.

"At the start of the season it was nice to come back fresh," said Prince.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Over my career my batting has always been based on concentration.

"If you're playing 12 months of the year that takes a lot out of you mentally - you don't get that mental break.

"I think physically I can still handle and cope with the demands, but I think with my game being based on concentration it takes a lot out of you."

The win at Southport means Ashley Giles' side have won four of their opening six games so far and sit top of Division Two.