Jim said: “After what has been difficult 14 months dealing with back problems, I am devastated to have to concede that my playing days are over.

“I simply am no longer able to do myself justice and after much deliberation and consultation with the club’s medical team, my surgeon, family and close friends, I have to accept that I can no longer train and perform to the level required to fulfil my duties as a first-class cricketer and club captain.

Jim Troughton pictured with Stratford CC youngsters earlier this season. Photo: Mark Williamson

Jim Troughton pictured with Stratford CC youngsters at the opening of the new nets earlier this season. Photo: Mark Williamson

“Warwickshire has been my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with such a fantastic club. I have been lucky to have played alongside so many amazing players and coaches, who I will regard as friends for life. Captaining Warwickshire has been the proudest achievement of my career.

“I know that I will now have to step back from, what is a very talented and motivated group of players but I wish them all the best for the rest of the season and for the future. Come on you Bears.”

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said: “Jim has been a model professional, having won multiple trophies, leading the club to a County Championship title and setting outstanding standards, on and off the field, for young cricketers to follow.

“Whilst we’re very sad that he has to retire in this way, all members of the playing and coaching team are very proud at what he has achieved in the professional game. It has been a pleasure to work and play alongside him and as a championship-winning skipper he will always have a special place in the history of the club.”