Foxes all set for One-Day Cup

After the season exploded into action with quick back-to-back Specsavers County Championship fixtures, the attention of the Foxes now turns to the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Leicestershire Foxes travel to Yorkshire Vikings tomorrow, and then on to Durham on Friday before travelling back to open their home white ball campaign against Worcestershire.

Head Coach Paul Nixon is keen to improve the Foxes’ white ball outings from last season. He said: “We learned a lot about the players last year, a lot about people’s specific roles and it is crucial that guys stand up now.

“We have practiced well. We had a really heavy white ball emphasis before Christmas which was about finding out what people can and can’t do, where they are strongest and where their development areas are.

“The guys are much more rounded in their games and know their games to a deeper knowledge. It is an exciting time. We bat very deep which is a good thing in white ball cricket and we have got some good spinners as well.”

Having experienced a lot of success in white ball cricket, Nixon is aware of how demanding the white ball formats are.

He said: “It is a lot of cricket, fifty overs. The new ball still does plenty, like a new red ball but then eases off after 10 overs.

“Strategy wise you have got to get it right. Taking wickets is everything when it comes to bowling. If you can take early wickets in that first ten overs, then you can really take 40 or 50 runs off a score.”

The Foxes are on the road for two games in three days and then face a home fixture against Worcestershire on Sunday, so it is an all-action start to the campaign.

A 14-man squad has been named for the game at Headingley, with Aadil Ali, Dieter Klein and spin duo Arron Lilley and Callum Parkinson looking to make their first Foxes appearances of the season. 

Overseas seamer Muhammad Abbas is not expected to be available as he awaits his visa, Sam Evans is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, and Neil Dexter is currently unavailable for personal reasons.

Foxes (from 14 v Yorkshire): Horton (capt), Aadil, Ackermann, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Griffiths, Hill (wk), Klein, Lilley, Mike, Parkinson, Taylor, Wright.