Graeme Hick's 22-year long redefinement of English cricket's batting records shows no sign of slowing.
The living legend performed in front of the cameras yesterday by becoming the first Worcestershire player to score 100 hundreds for his county. And, although his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, 40-year-old Hick offered a broad hint that he is keen to carry on.
Hick had private doubts last winter as to whether his fitness might be up to another full season of first-class cricket. He was also upset at being dropped from his No 3 slot down to No 5 in the batting order by county coach Steve Rhodes.
But, following a brilliant 182 against Somerset, the completion of his 139 against Northamptonshire yesterday morning means that Hick has twice scored centuries in the past fortnight from No 5 - and he admits his continued love for the game is what keep driving him on.
"The club and I have spoken," said Hick. "There have been no definite decisions, as I didn't know how this season was going to go physically but, although my back plays up now and again, I'm fit and I want to carry on playing.
"I need to make a decision at the end of the season but, more importantly, the club do too. No individual is bigger than any club and, if they feel enough is enough, then so be it but if I can carry on contributing as much to the team, then I'd like to carry on. When Steve said he wanted me to bat at No 5, I wouldn't say I was in total agreement, but I just had to get my head round it and I'm quite happy now.
"I had experience of it playing for England and always found it hard sitting around waiting to go in but I'm at a different stage of my career, I'm more relaxed and it's helped that I feel like I'm batting well.
"I was confident I'd get my century today. It was just a question of being patient. When I did get out, I still walked off feeling as disappointed as I would have 15 or 20 years ago."
Hick's 130th ton, taking him clear of Sir Leonard Hutton into eighth in the all-time list, put his side in contention for a third successive County Championship victory. That position was cemented when, sparked by another five-wicket haul from Zaheer Khan, Northants were skittled for 67.
The visitors recovered from four for two to close on 76 without losing any more wickets, but they are still 400 in arrears. Hick was quick to pay tribute to a team effort led the previous day by Phil Jaques' double-century.
"Everyone has got big runs but for Phil to have got the runs he has, and do it so quickly, has given us time to bowl teams out," he said.
Shortly after reaching his latest hundred, to make him only the eighth player to score 100 hundreds for one county, Hick also reached another landmark by going past Denis Compton's aggregate of 38,942, making him the 20th-highest run-scorer in the history of first-class cricket.