Leics face anxious wait on McDonald fitness

Leicestershire are awaiting the result of scans on Australian all-rounder Andrew McDonald who pulled up with a knee injury during the Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat by Durham at Chester-le-Street on August 14.

McDonald pulled up bowling and did not bat as Leicestershire were beaten by 37 runs. He was sent for scans the next day but Leicestershire remain optimistic that McDonald will be fit to face Lancashire in the Friends Life t20 semi-finals at Edgbaston on August 27.

“He felt a clicking in his knee, bowled another ball and then decided to come off as a precaution,” said Leicestershire coach Phil Whitticase.“But he pulled up better this morning than he expected and we are pretty optimistic that he will be fit for the 27th.

“He’s had scans but we are awaiting the results which will give our physio the chance to make a full assessment of where we are with him.”

McDonald has been Leicestershire’s most influential player in this season’s Twenty20 campaign with 563 runs in 16 matches so far including seven half-centuries, the most recent in their quarter-final win over Kent.

Meanwhile former England one-day wicketkeeper Paul Nixon, who will retire from county cricket at the end of the season, is to have talks with Whitticase about extending his Leicestershire career in a coaching capacity.

Nixon will assist Leicestershire as batting coach between his appearances in Twenty20 cricket during the remainder of this season.

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