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Nixon: Rewarded for his loyalty

Leicestershire have appointed England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon as club captain.

The 36-year-old, who made his international debut for England in the one-day series against Australia at the turn of the year, has agreed a new three-year deal with the county.

He will takeover from current skipper Jeremy Snape, who wants to pursue his interest in sports psychology.

All-rounder Jim Allenby has also signed a new two-year deal with the club and been installed as vice-captain, while senior coach Tim Boon has agreed an extension that will keep him at Grace Road until at least 2010.

Role model

Boon said: "Paul Nixon will be a role model captain with his sheer professionalism and enthusiasm.

"Jim Allenby has made tremendous strides forward as a player over the last two years, and has the potential to become a good captain in time."

Leicestershire are currently second-bottom of the County Championship's Second Division, and are attempting to build the club for a long-term future.