Former England batsman Graeme Hick has announced he will retire from county cricket at the end of this season.
The Worcestershire player, 42, has enjoyed an illustrious 25-year career, scoring 136 first-class centuries.
Hick is regarded as one of the most gifted batsmen of his generation, although he failed to flourish in the international arena - averaging 31.32.
He has scored 41,112 runs in 526 first-class games at an average of 52.23, with 294 scores of 50-plus.
"It is not a physical choice at the moment but, from how my body feels, it will have been harder to get through a full season next year and I felt I wouldn't want to start the year and pack up halfway through the season," said Hick.
"I felt it was the right time. It was an emotional decision."
The Zimbabwe-born batsman made his Worcestershire debut in the last game of the 1984 season and since then has beaten almost every batting record in the club's history.
In June last year, Hick, who made 65 Test appearances, became only the 16th player to score more than 40,000 first-class runs.
He made his England debut against West Indies at Leeds in 1991 after becoming the youngest player to score 50 first-class centuries, but was dropped after just four Tests in what was to become a stop-start international career.
A year later, against Pakistan at Edgbaston, he scored his first Test 50, but was later omitted from the side before earning a recall for the winter tour of India, where he hit his maiden Test century.
Hick made his final Test appearance against Sri Lanka in Kandy in March 2001, finishing with just six hundreds and 18 half-centuries.
As to the future, Hick admitted he might be tempted to compete in the rebel Indian Cricket League.
"Would I be interested in the ICL? Now I've retired, that is an opportunity that may open up. That may be an avenue I will look to pursue. I am not sure as yet.
"Have I had any offers (from the ICL)? I think just about everyone over 30 in English cricket has. We will wait and see. It is something I may pursue."
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