Graeme Hick has no intention of retiring at the end of the season despite experiencing the leanest spell of his 21-year career with Worcestershire.

Hick started the current campaign in fine form and registered his 127th hundred when he hammered the Lancashire attack for 176 off 231 balls at New Road.

But he has gone 16 first-class innings without registering a half-century, stretching back to the 55 he made against Somerset at Bath in June.

Hick has vowed to show he is not a has-been at the age of 39 and determined to make an impact in final year of his current contract in 2006.

The former England batsman: "Throughout the 20- odd years I have played, this is certainly the worst run of scores that I have had.

"Sometimes you can go out there and try as hard as you can and you get a good ball or, on our wickets, balls that you sometimes can't play and just walk off.

"I think the thing you find most depressing is that you are not contributing to what is going on in the team, to results and stuff like that.

"But I am still working as hard as ever at my game. I've got a lot of pride in what I do and I don't like going out there and getting low scores.

"I don't feel what has happened has anything to do with my age. If that was the case, I wouldn't have got the big 100 I did at the start of the season against Lancashire and batted the way I did generally at the start of the season.

"I've certainly no intention of retiring at the moment.

"I want to carry on playing as long as I am enjoying the game as I am.

"I've got a year left of my contract and I'll see how I feel at the end of next year."