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Paul Nixon column – Don’t quit the game Sid, you’d make a top coach

Ryan Sidebottom will hang up his spikes at the end of the year, having had a wonderful career in both county and international cricket. I never played in the same side as ‘Sid’ but I would have loved to have kept to him. We had some great battles over the years, with Ryan coming down […]

Paul Nixon column – We can’t leave all players to learn on own…

Coaching has changed in the past decade or so with more onus being on players to work things out for themselves, but we must not forget that hard work is still key to success. Modern-day coaching is all about allowing for the player to find their way of doing something. Of course we learn by […]

Paul Nixon column – Players will be pushed to new limits on pre-season tours

Kent are currently over in the Caribbean playing some good competitive cricket, while Nottinghamshire and Hampshire are set to fly over to Barbados next month as pre-season work really gets underway. Many players would have been away most of this winter playing club cricket, with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all popular destinations, but […]

Paul Nixon column – Sorry, but there’ll be no Vardy style tale in cricket

With the 2017 season not too far away, counties will be looking at any late big signings they can make, or who they will be bringing through the academy and giving pro deals to. What we won’t be seeing much of is players plucked from clubs and Minor Counties ready to be thrown straight into […]

Paul Nixon column – I’m all for Kolpaks, they’re improving our game

Simon Harmer, Stiaan van Zyl and Hardus Viljoen have all played for South Africa in the past 12 months but given up on their international careers for the time being by signing Kolpak deals for English counties. The Kolpak ruling has had a lot of criticism ever since it came in but we can never […]

Paul Nixon column – ‘Sending offs’ set to open up a can of worms

The MCC met in Mumbai this week and introduced a new set of laws that will be introduced to the game from October next year. The main one, that seems to have got everyone talking, is that of sendings off. Umpires at all levels of the game will be given the power to eject players […]

Paul Nixon column – Jennings and Daws sensible picks for England

Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson have been picked to replace the injured duo of Haseeb Hameed and Zafar Ansari in England’s touring party in India, and I can’t say I’m surprised by either inclusion. Jack Leach might again feel a bit miffed as to how he was left out but it was his first big […]

Paul Nixon column – Never get too high on praise or low on criticism

The media will always have a role to play in cricket. Whether it’s good things being written about you and your team, or bad things, you can’t get away from it. Personally, it didn’t affect me, they could write whatever. As you get older you learn to deal with Press and media better. You understand […]

Paul Nixon column – We’ve got to start grinding down the opposition

This series in India is one of England’s biggest in recent times. If they pulled a victory out of the bag, it would undoubtedly be classed as one of their greatest overseas performances. It’s not a full-strength team, in the sense that there is no Mark Wood while Jimmy Anderson definitely misses the first couple […]

Paul Nixon column – Focus on cricket, England, but enjoy Asia, too

The Test series has just started in Bangladesh and it is going to be a long time away from home for some of the England players, with a five-Test series in India quickly following on the back of this series. Asia is a wonderful place to tour, and I’m sure it will be for the […]

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