London: Former England and Worcestershire batsman Graeme Hick announced on Tuesday he will retire from first-class cricket at the end of this county season.
The former England international's future had been the subject of debate for the last few seasons but the Harare-born batsman refused to consider retirement as he felt he still had much to offer his county side Worcesters.
However, the Zimbabwe-born player, a run-machine in county circuit and a big let down in international cricket, has now decided the time is right to step away from the sport.
The 42-year-old Zimbabwe-born player, who last played for England in March 2001, was one of the most prolific batsmen of his generation and has scored 136 first class centuries.
During a career which began in 1983 Hick scored 41,112 runs in 526 matches at an average of 52.23, with 294 scores of 50-plus in first class matches.