Wily wicketkeeper Paul Nixon backs Leicestershire experience

Veteran wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has put his faith in Leicestershire's Twenty20 winning trio to help bring success at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Nixon is retiring after the showpiece occasion but he told BBC East Midlands Today he is eager to bow out in style.

"We have Claude Henderson, me and Abdul Razzaq who've won it before," he said.

"And Andrew McDonald has played in the IPL so we have four guys who have great experience and, on those big days, experience is everything."

Razzaq was part of the Hampshire side that won the trophy last season.

Both he and Nixon played key roles in helping Leicestershire progress to the semi-finals.

And Nixon, 40, who announced his intention to retire earlier this month, is looking for one last hurrah, to continue Leicestershire's impressive record in the competition.

"We have been the underdogs all the way through since Twenty20 began," said Nixon, who helped Leicestershire become the first team to win the trophy twice in 2006.

"We have had four finals days, two winners and two losers medals so we have a good record.

"I announced my retirement a few week ago and happily things have gone well. Finals day is a great day and it's nice as a senior pro to end things on my terms.

"We like fairytales here. We need any big day we can get hold of.

"We have earned the right to be there, so we need to go and express ourselves and do well for everybody at the club and the city of Leicester."

Nixon is confident that they are in a good position to do just that.

"Our planning and preparation is very good," he said. "It's about executing your skills well. It's about good options under pressure and we practise those options well.

"This year we have done poorly in Championship cricket but our one-day and Twenty20 cricket especially has gone really well."

Former England one-day international Nixon, who has joined the club's coaching staff as a batting coach until the end of the season, knows the time is right to call an end to his career.

"I have probably got a few more months or years," he said. "But I know now that I cannot keep to the standards I want to keep to, and I always thought, if I can't get better, I would rather retire.

"I would rather people say to me "why are you retiring?" rather than "when are you retiring?".

"I have had a great journey and it's time for the young lads now. We have a plethora of quality youngsters coming through.

"I held Josh Cobb, who is now our opening batsman, about six months after he was born. That's when you know your time is coming."

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