Warwickshire's Nick Knight has announced that he will retire as a player at the end of the forthcoming season.

"I've only one season left in me," the 36-year-old told The Post. "My body is OK and I've performed better in fitness tests this season than for several years but, mentally, I know I can do it at this level for only one more season.

"The key, for me, is the desire. I just don't have the will to go on beyond this year. I know my game and I know that the time is right."

Knight, who scored ten centuries for Warwickshire last year, was confident that he would sustain his performance through this season.

"There's no problem with that at all," he said. "I'm still excited by this season and I will approach it as I did my first. I want to make as many match-winning performances as possible and go out with some success."

Knight's capture from Essex, late in 1994, has proved one of the most significant 'transfers' in Warwickshire's history. Frustrated by a lack of opportunity down south, he soon consolidated a place at Edgbaston and made his Test debut only five months later.

His career encompassed 17 Tests, 100 one-day internationals and the feat of scoring 10,000 Championship runs for Warwickshire faster than anyone else.

Warwickshire yesterday signed Andrew Miller, the 6ft 4in, 18-year-old seamer who represented England in the Under-19 World Cup. He has played youth and second-team cricket for Lancashire and has signed a two-year contract with Warwickshire.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire host Warwickshire at New Road today in a one-day warm-up. Worcestershire's new overseas fast bowler, Zaheer Khan, may play. The match starts at 11am. Admission is free.