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Graeme Hick

Hick has represented England in 65 Test matches and 120 one-day internationals and boasts one of the best first-class records in the history of the game.

Only nine batsmen have scored more first-class centuries than Hick and, together with his safe hands and useful off spin, he offers any captain in the game a “complete package”.

He passed 40,000 first-class runs in his career against local rivals Warwickshire in June 2007, making him just the 16th batsman in history to achieve that feat.

Having made his county debut in 1984, Hick has spent 20 years with Worcestershire and in that time he has scored 1,000 first class runs in a season an astonishing 18 times. He was also captain of the county from 2000-2002.

His top score came in 1988 when he hammered 405 not out against Somerset at Taunton - the highest first-class score in England since 1895.

He featured in the World Cup as far back as 1983 when he represented Zimbabwe at the age of just 17 and qualified to play for England in 1991.

Hick was frequently in and out of the team but he was picked for the 1999 World Cup and his best run of form came in the same year when he made three centuries and an unbeaten fifty in four matches in a triangular tournament in Australia against the hosts and Sri Lanka.

He did not have the best of seasons in 2005 but did add two more to his list of first-class centuries and was awarded a testimonial year in 2006.

He joined Sir Jack Hobbs and Graham Gooch early in the 2006 season in becoming only the third player in history to score 60,000 runs in all forms of cricket.

Soon afterwards he brought up yet another ton against Northamptonshire to become the eighth player to compile 100 first-class centuries for one county.

He accepted a one-year contract for 2007 from Worcestershire despite interest from Derbyshire, and impressed sufficiently that summer - again being the leading run-scorer for his county in the championship - to earn a one-year extension for 2008.

Hick broke Graham Gooch's appearance record of 1,197 matches in a Twenty20 Cup group game against Somerset at New Road during the 2008 season, before announcing his retirement from professional cricket at the age of 42 in September of that year.