Peter Moores has admitted his delight at Ashwell Prince's return to Emirates Old Trafford, someone the Lancashire coach has described as a batsman who is "a product of not potential but performance".
The popular Prince has penned a two-year contract with the county to play as a domestic player and supplement the signing of Australian Simon Katich as overseas player. It will be his fourth spell with the county, his first coming in five first-class matches in 2009 as a replacement for VVS Laxman.
The left-hander topped 1,000 runs in last season's LV= County Championship, but is hungry for the chance to atone for relegation to Division Two.
He returns to the North West after completing his commitments in South African domestic cricket with the Warriors, who are in the latter stages of their Twenty20 competition.
"Ashwell’s a very competitive player. If the modern world can produce at times slightly institusionalised players who have come out of a system, Ashwell is the opposite of that. He is a product of not potential but performance," said Moores, shortly before leaving Dubai where Lancashire have been on their pre-season tour.
“He’s tough, hard, finds a way to adapt and deliver something on a given day however he’s feeling or how the conditions are. That’s a really powerful thing to have in your side.
"We know we’re developing our own players, but you also know that you have to add the right sort of player to help them develop quicker.
“If I’m being honest, we probably struggled a bit for internal competition last year. Adding some of the players we’ve got this winter, the internal competition is there. There’s going to be some good players missing out, which is healthy.
“There’s something I like about our squad at the moment, which is a real hunger and desire to be competitive. It’s been obvious all trip."
Prince, whose Warriors defeated the Cape Cobras yesterday in the RAM SLAM T20 competition, will arrive at Lancashire in fine form having scored 21 or more in six of his last seven innings, including an unbeaten 70.
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