Nixon first joined Leicestershire in 1988 after playing representative cricket for his native Cumberland.
He is unusually tall for a wicketkeeper at over six feet but impressed as Alec Stewart’s back-up on England’s tour of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2000-01 after touring with the A side the previous winter.
A talented batsman as well as stumper, he has a batting average in the mid-30s from his two spells at Leicestershire and a three-year stint at Kent.
Nixon was released by Kent following the 2002 campaign and joined Leicestershire. The two counties met each other in the opening round of County Championship matches in the 2003 season and Nixon responded with a century.
He made a career-best 144 not out against Northamptonshire in 2006 and was an integral part of the Foxes' Twenty20 success, which was a precursor to him being granted a benefit in 2007.
After a surprise international call at the age of 36, Nixon played every game in England’s victorious Commonwealth Bank Series campaign against Australia and New Zealand.
He impressed during England's disappointing World Cup campaign in the Caribbean in 2007 and, though he was overlooked for one-day duty against West Indies, he was included in the provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 competition in South Africa.
In August 2007 Nixon was appointed Leicestershire club captain and signed a three-year contract to keep him at Grace Road until 2010.
In 2008 he made 954 runs at an average of over 50 in the championship, and was a rare bright spark in a sorry season for the county.
He was expected to play a similar role in 2009, but relinquished the keeping gloves to Tom New, and was left out of the first-team going into July. Nixon resigned the captaincy in August, claiming he was left out of decision-making at the club.
However, he continued to impress with the bat in the following season, scoring 915 runs in the championship and earning a new contract for 2011.
Ahead of Leicestershire's Friends Life t20 quarter-final against former side Kent, Nixon announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 40.