Henderson “should be England’s next spin coach”: Paul Nixon

Leicestershire are hopeful that former South Africa slow left-armer Claude Henderson will have recovered from a foot injury in time to play in the Champions League qualifying tournament in India later this month.

Henderson, a key member of the side that won the Friends Life t20, has been ruled out for the rest of the domestic season by a foot injury.

The 39-year-old, who was the first ever Kolpak signing in county cricket, will miss the remaining County Championship matches against Gloucestershire at Bristol next week and Middlesex at Grace Road starting on September 12.

Henderson’s foot has been put in a protective boot to stabilise the injury and Leicestershire expect him to fly out to Hyderabad with the rest of the squad on September 15.

Henderson is held in high regard by his team-mates, particularly veteran wicketkeeper Paul Nixon who believes that he will be England’s next spin bowling coach.

“He should have played 130 Test matches for South Africa,” Nixon said. “He was unlucky to be around at the wrong time with apartheid and one thing and another.

“He’s a true gentleman of the game and a professor of his industry. I think he will be England’s next spin bowling coach once people realise how good he is.

“He’s mentored Josh Cobb and Jigar Naik, who has a massive future in the game. You speak to all the world-class South Africans and they rate Claude and his cricket knowledge. Claude and Jigar travel together, they room together and they speak spin bowling until they can’t keep their eyes open.

“Claude is class and I can’t believe that no one has ever gone for him in the IPL because he never goes for 20-25 on any surface. His record is immense and I can’t speak highly enough about him.”

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