Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> star <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/marcus-trescothick/">Marcus Trescothick</a> on Thursday announced he would retire at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a 27-season career with county side <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/somerset">Somerset</a>. <p></p> <p></p>The 43-year-old opening batsman, who played 76 Tests and 123 one-day internationals, has scored a total of 26,234 first-class runs since making his debut for Somerset in 1993. <p></p> <p></p>Trescothick, whose international career was ended by anxiety attacks, still holds an ambition to win his place back in the first XI of the title-chasing side before the end of the season. <p></p> <p></p>"It's been an incredible 27 years and I've loved every minute of it," he told the Somerset website. "However, everything has to come to an end eventually. I ve been discussing my future with the club and my family for a while and we felt that now was the appropriate time to make this announcement in order for both the club and I to put plans in place. <p></p> <p></p>"There's still a lot of the season left and I'll be doing everything I can to put in performances for the second XI in order to force my way back into contention for the first team." <p></p> <p></p>Trescothick, who holds the Somerset record for number of first-class centuries (52) and first-class catches (445), said he had been blessed to be able to play the game he loved for so long. <p></p> <p></p>"Twenty-seven years is a long time but it's gone incredibly quickly," he said. "I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do something that I love for that length of time. I'm extremely grateful for all the support that I've received throughout this remarkable journey."