...but with a whimper.
Sir Donald Bradman famously, as The Chasers song would have it "couldn't even score one run last time he played" & it turns out he's far from alone. HowSTAT! obligingly provides a list of those who share Sir Donald's misfortune. It includes such luminaries as Denis Compton, Bill Edrich, Mike Gatting, Tony Greig, Imran Khan, Brian Lara, Eddie Paynter, Garry Sobers, Cyril Washbrook & Frank Woolley.
A bit of further digging shows WG Grace signed off with one as did David Gower and those bosom buddies Both & Boycs registered meagre half-dozens. It seems a lot of the great and good don't get to chose their own exits.
Can anyone else think of great players (I haven't touched on bowlers) who bade farewell to the grandest stage in a manner unbefitting what had gone before? Or, alternatively, those like Maurice Leyland (187) & Greg Chappell (182) who went out with a final flourish.