Paul Andrew Nixon

Paul Andrew Nixon

Born-National Team Eligibility-
Years of Service2000-2002DebutKent 2000, Leicestershire 1989, MCC 1999.
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Other Teams

Test and Count Cricket Board XI, First-Class Counties Select XI, England XI, Leicestershire and MCC.

Player Biography

Paul Nixon is one a crop of wicket-keeping batsman who came along at the wrong time for an international career. His path into the England team was blocked by Jack Russell and especially Alec Stewart as the team tried to find an allrounder. Nixon’s one taste of the top level came when he was Stewart’s understudy on the 2000-01 tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, despite his lack on chances to prove himself with England he has been a fine servant in county cricket. For the two main stints of his career that has been with Leicestershire, where he helped them to their two Championship titles in 1996 and 1998, before joining Kent from 2000 until 2002. He was a popular player at Canterbury and helped improve their one-day cricket but with the emergence of Geraint Jones the club couldn’t afford to keep both. He returned to Leicestershire in 2003 and slotted straight back into their team ethos. His role in Twenty20 cricket has been crucial and he is one of the best players of the reverse sweep in the county game (and possibly world cricket). Still an ultra-competitive player whose drive to be successful hasn’t dimmed, and that was rewarded when he was surprisingly drafted into the England one-day side in Australia in 2006-07.