Former England batsman and Perth Scorchers fan favourite Michael Carberry has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour, his county side have revealed.
The 35-year-old left-hander saw a specialist on Tuesday after missing Hamspshire's county championship match against Warwickshire because he had felt unwell.
Hampshire said in a statement that following the diagnosis "further tests would be undertaken before the relevant treatment commences".
"Michael has been part of the Hampshire Cricket family for 10 years and on behalf of everyone at and associated with the club, I would like to send him and his family our very best wishes at this very difficult time," said chairman Rod Bransgrove.
"'Carbs' has taken on and beaten serious illness before and we will be doing all we can to make sure he does the same again this time."
Tributes were quick to pour in from the cricket fraternity, from as far afield as the Caribbean and South Africa. West Indies great Ian Bishop wrote "Man, life isn't fair to good people at times, God's blessings".
Just heard the terrible news re my great friend @carbs646 thinking of you buddy & am here for you as is the whole cricket family !— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) July 14, 2016
Just heard the news and it has broke my heart for my brother @carbs646 wish you the best man!!— Andrew Tye (@aj191) July 14, 2016
Thoughts with @carbs646— Chris Rogers (@BuckRogers55) July 14, 2016
Thinking of you @carbs646— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 14, 2016
With you big man @carbs646.Stay strong !— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) July 14, 2016
All the best for a quick recovery @carbs646. Stay strong mate.— Steve Magoffin (@magsy64) July 14, 2016
Gutted for @carbs646! Stay strong you legend of a man!— KP (@KP24) July 14, 2016
That win was for a legend of the club @carbs646 on this tough day for him and his family. Get well soon buddy. 👊🏻— liam dawson (@daws128) July 14, 2016
Carberry has previously suffered from blood clots on the lung, missing the start of the 2011 season.
The batsman played for England at Test, one-day and Twenty20 level with his last appearance in a one-day series against Sri Lanka in May 2014.
He famously had his bat snapped in half by a Ryan Harris delivery during the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG in January 2014.
Carberry had not been re-signed by the Scorchers for the forthcoming KFC Big Bash League season. He scored 87 runs in BBL|05 – 62 coming of them in a thrilling run chase against Hobart at Blundstone Arena – at 21.75.
He had been the club's second-leading run scorer in their title-winning BBL|04 season with 266 runs at 44.33. Carberry was at the crease in a hectic final over that secured the Scorchers their second consecutive title, ramping Sydney Sixers bowler Brett Lee for a crucial boundary.
WACA CEO Christina Matthews said: "The WACA is saddened to hear of Michael Carberry's cancer diagnosis. We wish him well for a full and speedy recovery. Knowing his character from two seasons with the Perth Scorchers, we know he'll be up for the fight."
I will be praying for you hard my brother!!!! Please get through this... @carbs646— James Muirhead (@Jimmy07Muirhead) July 14, 2016
The thoughts of everyone here at Lord's are with @carbs646 and family, wishing him a swift recovery.— Lord's Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 14, 2016
@carbs646 wishing you all the best bro and a quick recovery.— Jade Dernbach (@Jwd_16) July 14, 2016
Get behind my boy @carbs646 thinking of you pal— Ravi Bopara (@ravibopara) July 14, 2016
Why does it always happen to the good guys!!— Stephen Harmison (@Harmy611) July 14, 2016
Good luck @carbs646 with the road ahead!!
Forget the Test match .. All cricket families thoughts are with @carbs646 .. Thinking about you pal ..— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 14, 2016
Luv ya big bro you will be fine Gods blessings 🙏🏾 @carbs646— Tino95 (@tinobest) July 14, 2016