10th April 2019
Foxes to get home County Championship campaign underway
Head Coach Paul Nixon was left ecstatic from his Foxes side’s County Championship opening win against Sussex CCC, who are one of the teams touted to be vying for a promotion place come the end of the season.
The Foxes will now be looking to build on their impressive win with the visit of Worcestershire CCC tomorrow (Thursday, April 11).
Nixon said: “We are delighted with the way we have started, but obviously it is early doors still, we just have to take that confidence and make sure that we start well in the first hour of the game.”
This will be the first Specsavers County Championship game of the season at the Fischer County Ground, and Nixon is pleased with how everything is shaping up.
“It’s a belting pitch, an absolutely outstanding pitch," said Nixon. “White, hard cracks all over it at the moment. The wicket is certainly one that should hold together and keep good pace and bounce.
“[Head Groundsman] Andy [Ward] has been brilliant. He has had a lot of time to prepare and it looks really outstanding.”
There were a number of outstanding performances on the south coast, which is something that encouraged Nixon.
“It is going to be challenging and that is exactly what we want," he said. “We have got to build a squad that is robust and can compete in every competition.
"The competition for places is ultra-healthy. There is going to have to be some rotation of the seamers at some stage, but places are up for grabs all the time now and the guys have got to stand up and be counted.”
Worcestershire CCC are yet to get their campaign underway, as they came up against Cambridge MCCU whilst the Foxes kicked off their 2019 County Championship campaign.
He said: “They have come off the back of the university game and there is a difference. So, they will be coming in slightly cold, and we have just got to make sure that we hit them hard straight away at home.
“We have got try and make this place a bit more of a fortress that it has been in the past."
Following a highly impressive performance at Hove, Leicestershire CCC has named an unchanged 13-man squad for the game, which is due to get underway at 11am tomorrow morning.
As was the case for the game at Sussex CCC, Muhammad Abbas will not link up with his teammates yet given that he has been on ODI duty for Pakistan against Australia recently.
Callum Parkinson is playing for the Second XI at Hampshire CCC this week to step up his comeback from a thumb injury, Sam Evans (hamstring) is side-lined, while Neil Dexter is currently unavailable for personal reasons.
Leicestershire CCC (from 13): Horton (capt), Ackermann, Azad, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Griffiths, Hill (wk), Javid, Lilley, Mike, Taylor, Wright.
Worcestershire CCC: TBC.