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Full name Ryan Jay Sidebottom
Born January 15, 1978, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Current age 36 years 94 days
Major teams England, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education King James Grammar School, Almondbury
Relation Father - A Sidebottom
|Test debut||England v Pakistan at Lord's, May 17-20, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 14-17, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Oct 7, 2001 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Feb 28, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 28, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Sep 7, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton, Apr 13-16, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||1997|
|Last List A||Unicorns v Yorkshire at Chesterfield, May 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester, Jul 24, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|13, 1/54||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Taunton||13 Apr 2014||FC|
|1/20, 2, 0/4||Yorkshire||v Lds-Brd MCCU||Leeds||1 Apr 2014||FC|
|6, 2/69||Yorkshire||v Surrey||The Oval||24 Sep 2013||FC|
|1, 4/27, 0, 1/49||Yorkshire||v Middlesex||Leeds||17 Sep 2013||FC|
|4/50, 5, 1/11||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Hove||11 Sep 2013||FC|
|4/85, 5, 9, 1/31||Yorkshire||v Durham||Scarborough||28 Aug 2013||FC|
|0, 4/35, 3/38||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||21 Aug 2013||FC|
|2/12, 5, 4/42||Yorks 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Gosforth||13 Aug 2013||Other|
|4, 2/66, 9, 0/2||Yorkshire||v Warwickshire||Leeds||2 Aug 2013||FC|
|3/14||Yorks 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Rugby||30 Jul 2013||Other OD|
With his long, curly, ginger hair, standing 6' 4" and weighing 13 stone, Ryan Sidebottom is one of the most recognisable figures on the county circuit. His international career is now behind him but he could draw much satisfaction from the manner in which he took a belated second chance in international cricket.
Like his father Arnie, who was an accomplished footballer and one-time Test player, Ryan made his county debut for Yorkshire having previously impressed the scouts of Sheffield United Football Club. For much of his career it appeared Sidebottom jnr, a left-armer unlike Arnie, would also follow his father in Test cricket by remaining a one-cap wonder. He was handed his debut in 2001 against Pakistan, but after a wicketless performance was banished back to county cricket. Although he bowled tidily throughout, he was generally considered to be out of his depth and was quickly discarded, and seemingly forgotten after two poor ODIs against Zimbabwe that October.
He left Yorkshire in 2004 and headed to nearby Nottinghamshire, where he impressed in his first two seasons. The first year there he helped them to a double promotion, and the second year he took 50 first-class wickets to become the Player of the Year and help them to the Championship title for the first time in 18 years.
With Duncan Fletcher, England's coach, obsessed by finding bowlers of true pace, Sidebottom was continually overlooked despite having one of the best records in the country. However, six years after his debut - under the new Peter Moores regime - he was surprisingly recalled after a spate of injuries to England's attack. He responded with eight wickets against West Indies at Headingley, still his spiritual home, and developed into a key member of the line-up. He helped England to a 3-0 win over West Indies before bowling without luck against India.
Equally impressive with the white ball he was Man of the Series as England won the one-day tournament in Sri Lanka, but it was during the New Zealand leg of England's winter that he really shone, decimating the hosts with 24 wickets at 17.08, including 7 for 47 in the final Test in Napier.
Further success followed in the home series against New Zealand, during which he was unveiled as England's Player of the Year, but the pressures of carrying England's attack took their toll, and he struggled for fitness thereafter, culminating in an Achilles injury that limited him to a single wicket in an arduous tour of the Caribbean in February 2009. While injuries dented his opportunities in Test cricket thereafter he became an important member of the one-day side. In the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean his selection ahead of James Anderson raised a few eyebrows, but he proved the doubters wrong as his fiery and disciplined opening bowling was a crucial part of England's triumph.
His England career, though, ended with his international retirement late in 2010, leaving him to play out time on the domestic scene. After helping Nottinghamshire to a last-gasp Championship title that summer, he returned to his Yorkshire roots for the final stage of his career.
Given that Yorkshire were relegated it was not the return he hoped for, although on a personal level 2011 was a highly successful season. His 62 first-class wickets at 22.00, including three five-wicket hauls and a career best 7 for 37 against Somerset at Headingley, were the most he had taken in a single season. He contributed useful runs, too, including two fifties in an aggregate of 389 in the Championship. His 61 against Worcestershire at New Road was a career best.
He missed a large part of the 2012 promotion season to injury but signed a further contract extension until the end of 2015 towards the end of a summer which saw him lead Yorkshire's Championship bowling records with 49 wickets at 20.30 apiece. He won the Members' Player of the Year award as a result, and hankered after 700 first-class wickets before he took his boots off for the last time.
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