Nixon to hang up the gloves
Veteran gloveman to finish against the county where he started out
Last Updated: 01/08/11 9:03am
Nixon: played in 19 one-dayers for England, scoring 297 runs
Leicestershire's former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has announced he will play in his final first-class match on Saturday.
The 40-year-old will retire after the Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Kent, the county where he started his 24-year career as a professional cricketer.
Nixon played in 19 one-day internationals for England, scoring 297 runs while also taking 20 catches and affecting three stumpings with the gloves on.
He was first-choice 'keeper for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, while he also appeared in a single international Twenty20 against Australia.
The left-handed batsman, who has scored scoring over 12,000 first-class runs, was part of county championship-winning sides for the Foxes in both 1996 and 1998.
"My body knows now. I can't do it the way I want to do it anymore," he said.
"I can't keep to those high standards anymore. All of my mentors said to me that you'll know when the time is right and the time has come. I've thought about it for a few months now and am at ease with it. It's time for the youngsters to have their journeys now.
"I've met some amazing people along the way and have some special memories. I've loved every ball on the pitch and every moment I've been involved in off the pitch too. It's a very special life and I've made sure that I've never taken it for granted.
"The Leicester public has been absolutely phenomenal towards me and I want to thank them for all of their support."