Dominic Cork may yet extend his county career to a 23rd season following Hampshire’s semi-final defeat at Friends Life t20 Finals Day.
Whether that is with Hampshire remains to be seen. Relegation to the second division may persuade his third county to try to win LV County Championship promotion with a younger, homegrown side next season.
But Essex have already been linked with 40-year-old Cork, who is determined to make up for Finals Day disappointment by leading Hampshire to first division survival over the next few weeks.
The Hampshire captain said: “I’ve not made any decisions on anything at the moment. We’ve got a very important four-day game against Somerset on Wednesday at Taunton and that’s my next focus.
“After that it’s Lancashire at Liverpool and Warwickshire at The Rose Bowl and then I’ll make my decision. But I’m still very keen and hungry to play cricket.”
Cork has enjoyed an Indian summer with Hampshire, winning the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy before leading the county to last year’s t20 title at the Rose Bowl.
And with three important Championship games left, he could yet take his 1000th first-class wicket before the end of this season.
He currently has 989 and, having passed the 10,000-run milestone earlier this season, there is time for him to complete a notable double this year.