Legendary cricket commentator Henry Blofeld is retiring from the BBC's Test Match Special team after nearly half a century -- sparking an outpouring of emotional tributes.

Known affectionately as "Blowers", Blofeld, 77, has charmed followers of the programme with his old-world approach to the job. Blofeld's final stint will be the Lord's Test between England and West Indies starting on September 7.

"All good things come to an end," said Blofeld. "After nearly 50 years in the Test Match Special commentary box, I have decided the time has come for the last of the old farts to hang up his microphone. In all honesty, at the age of almost 78, although I am still rather keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did. And I wouldn't want to let TMS down."