England news September 20, 2010

Ryan Sidebottom retires from international cricket

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Ryan Sidebottom has announced his immediate retirement from international cricket. The 32-year-old Yorkshire-born fast bowler has played 22 Tests, 25 ODIs and 18 Twenty20s for England, including the recent World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean, in an international career that spanned nine years.

Sidebottom made his Test debut for England in 2001 at Lord's against Pakistan, but was made to wait a further six years for his second opportunity, which eventually came against West Indies in 2007. His most impressive performances, however, came in 2008 on a tour of New Zealand where he picked up 24 wickets including a hat-trick at Hamilton and 7 for 24 in the final Test in Napier, which went a long way towards him being named England's Player of the Year.

Sidebottom enjoyed plenty of success in limited-overs cricket for England, with a starring role in the side that beat India and Sri Lanka in consecutive ODI series in 2007. Sidebottom's final appearance in an England shirt came in the second Twenty20 on September 7 at Cardiff, where he took 2 for 22 to help England secure a 2-0 series win against Pakistan.

Sidebottom said: "I have had a truly fantastic period of my life with England but now it is time to hand over the ball to those a little younger. If I look back on my international career I have achieved more than I could ever have dreamed.

"Winning the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, my Test debut at Lord's, a Test hat-trick against New Zealand, plus a man of the series award are just a few of the highlights which spring to mind.

"I have been fortunate enough to live the dream and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me so much throughout my career. It has been a fantastic time but I have no doubts that now is the right time to announce my retirement."

Andy Flower, England team director, said: "Ryan Sidebottom has been an important member of the squad in recent years and has excelled in the shorter formats of the game, particularly Twenty20 cricket. His contributions in the West Indies were instrumental in England winning our very first global title and on behalf of the team I'd like to thank Ryan for the enthusiasm and commitment he has shown when playing for England and wish him all the very best for the remainder of his career."

Hugh Morris, Managing Director- England Cricket, said: "On behalf of the ECB I would like to thank Ryan for his contribution to England cricket. Ryan has been a popular member of the squad and has had some outstanding performances from England in his nine year career and I've no doubt he still has plenty to offer the sport."

Sidebottom's most recent endeavours came with bat and ball at Old Trafford, where he helped guide Nottinghamshire beyond 400 runs in an unbeaten tenth-wicket partnership with Darren Pattinson to secure a crucial bonus point in their final County Championship match of the season, before claiming the wicket of Karl Brown to help the county to claim the three wickets they needed to win the title for the first time since 2005.

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  • on September 26, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Well played Mr.Sidebottom....farewell and good luck on your future life !

  • george204 on September 22, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Admittedly, this comment is made with the benefit of hindsight but how did anyone seriously believe that Plunkett, Mahmood, Bresnan, even Anderson were better bowlers than this whole-hearted trier?

    The best I saw Ryan bowl was actually the away series in SL '07/8 - his figures look ordinary, but England dropped 10 catches (ten!) off him during that series. If even half of those had been taken he'd have been England's highest wicket taker. On unfamiliar flat SL wickets he had all of the formidable SL batting line-up in trouble & was outstanding in the one-dayers too.

  • RohanMarkJay on September 22, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Well Played Ryan! Even though he played just 25 tests he shone brightly. He could be the best swing bowler England has had since Richard Ellison in the mid 1980s who also had like Ryan a brief test career for England but made a huge impact. I personally think he retired maybe a few years too early. Still thanks for the memories and wishing you many more happy years at at Yorkshire in the future.

  • asillypoint on September 22, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Well done Ryan. You were in the "never say die" Goughie (Yorkshire) mold.

    At one stage (and for quite a few years) he held the distinction of belonging an elite group (of which I know no other) of a father and son (Arnie and Ryan) who were both one-test wonders. Hair cut now?

  • on September 22, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    why is sidebottom retiring he is better than Tim brensan

  • pakfan2010 on September 21, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    im a pakistan fan but england is my second team. anderson and bresnan are not one day bowlers. Get shazad, tremlett and rashid in for bersnan, anderson and yardy. Also broad position is not secure until he learn how to ball accurate yorkers instead of lollipop bouncers.

  • 2.14istherunrate on September 21, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    A brilliant bowler at times. I just reckon he lost that real swing though. Still compared to Bresnan he is always great. I just wish players would accept not being picked rather than taking themselves out of the reckoning. Who knows what might come along? Anyway That banana ball which scythed through Windies and Kiwis will always be remembered.

  • on September 21, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Sidebottom...uhhhhh.....WHO?

  • kirkadler on September 21, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    England complete team needs to retire, all are mentally sick and not capable of handling pressure including pathetic Naeeir hussain and Ian botham, both are biased and was a below average players, now days trying to accommodate themselves by speaking sick words during commentary and in-front of media.

  • bharath74 on September 21, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    wasnt expecting that, but gud luck ryan we r goin to miss u.u r truly a gentleman.

  • on September 26, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Well played Mr.Sidebottom....farewell and good luck on your future life !

  • george204 on September 22, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Admittedly, this comment is made with the benefit of hindsight but how did anyone seriously believe that Plunkett, Mahmood, Bresnan, even Anderson were better bowlers than this whole-hearted trier?

    The best I saw Ryan bowl was actually the away series in SL '07/8 - his figures look ordinary, but England dropped 10 catches (ten!) off him during that series. If even half of those had been taken he'd have been England's highest wicket taker. On unfamiliar flat SL wickets he had all of the formidable SL batting line-up in trouble & was outstanding in the one-dayers too.

  • RohanMarkJay on September 22, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Well Played Ryan! Even though he played just 25 tests he shone brightly. He could be the best swing bowler England has had since Richard Ellison in the mid 1980s who also had like Ryan a brief test career for England but made a huge impact. I personally think he retired maybe a few years too early. Still thanks for the memories and wishing you many more happy years at at Yorkshire in the future.

  • asillypoint on September 22, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Well done Ryan. You were in the "never say die" Goughie (Yorkshire) mold.

    At one stage (and for quite a few years) he held the distinction of belonging an elite group (of which I know no other) of a father and son (Arnie and Ryan) who were both one-test wonders. Hair cut now?

  • on September 22, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    why is sidebottom retiring he is better than Tim brensan

  • pakfan2010 on September 21, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    im a pakistan fan but england is my second team. anderson and bresnan are not one day bowlers. Get shazad, tremlett and rashid in for bersnan, anderson and yardy. Also broad position is not secure until he learn how to ball accurate yorkers instead of lollipop bouncers.

  • 2.14istherunrate on September 21, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    A brilliant bowler at times. I just reckon he lost that real swing though. Still compared to Bresnan he is always great. I just wish players would accept not being picked rather than taking themselves out of the reckoning. Who knows what might come along? Anyway That banana ball which scythed through Windies and Kiwis will always be remembered.

  • on September 21, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Sidebottom...uhhhhh.....WHO?

  • kirkadler on September 21, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    England complete team needs to retire, all are mentally sick and not capable of handling pressure including pathetic Naeeir hussain and Ian botham, both are biased and was a below average players, now days trying to accommodate themselves by speaking sick words during commentary and in-front of media.

  • bharath74 on September 21, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    wasnt expecting that, but gud luck ryan we r goin to miss u.u r truly a gentleman.

  • LUISITO on September 21, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    IT IS STRANGE TO SEE HIM RETIRE. HE IS NOT SEVERELY INJURED..IS BOWLING GOOD..IS A PART OF THE ENGLAND TEAM..AND IS 32YRS OLD. HE COULD HAVE BEEN THE FRONTLINE LIMITED OVERS ENGLAND BOWLER FOR ATLEAST 2 MORE YEARS..SURELY BETTER THAN TIM BRESNAN. GOD KNOWS WHAT PROMPTED HIM TO RETIRE RIGHT NOW WITH THE WORLD CUP NEARING. AND THE WORST PART IS THAT HE WILL SURELY BE PLAYING COUNTY CRICKET FOR ATLEAST 4 MORE YEARS..SO WHY NOT PLAY FOR ENGLAND...!!!!

  • on September 21, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    @ james and @kingkarthik Please do understand ak_47pks point. He meant that english cricket structure is such a mature and good that players like sidebottom find a platform and their talent is polished by state structure. whereas Pakistaan domestic structure is not good infact it is rubbish where any talented player reaches the highest level through miracle and not the structure

  • on September 21, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    You know you want to finish your playing career in God's county, don't you, Ryan? ;) Welcome back, with open arms. How does player and bowling coach sound?

  • tanvirbutt on September 21, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I agree with AK47_pk here, if he was that good then how come in 10 years he only played 22 Tests, 25 ODIs and 18 Twenty20s for England? Look at his record he only got the wickets on the fast tracks (where bowl is always gona swing both ways!!!), good bowler is who takes wickets every where.

    If you are comparing his ability with the english pace attack then yes he was better than most of them but you can not compare him with the world calss bowlers.

  • on September 21, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Nice!! Atleast Anderson would get a chance in T20 cricket as well but who knows he might retire as well!! Ryan's retirement won't affect the England team at all in any format!! LOLZ.....

  • kmister12 on September 21, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Well thats a bummer, no pun intended. He had an amazing series or two left in him in my opinion. Good luck from NZ.

  • on September 21, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Good bye Ryan. you could play for 2 years extra or more especially this was time for you to click after a long awaited performances since 2007. but still Good luck from a Pakistani cricket lover. in English condition you were great.

  • SirBobJones on September 21, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Good on you Ryan, all the best! Sad to see you go, hope you stick around in county cricket for a while, maybe even reverse your retirement decision if things go well...remember watching you a couple of years ago wondering why on earth you hadn't been playing for England for the past 5 years!

  • kingkarthik on September 21, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Dear cricinfo,

    I thought of writing to your'll to request for a new page for people with low IQs and mental disorders... something like Page 2. There are already 2 readers for that page, @klobania @AK47_pk

  • on September 20, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    ak47_pk - Only a shamed pakistani would come up with rubbish like that, typical. Ryan was a fantastic seamer with great ability to swing the ball into right handers, lovely bowler to watch and handy outfielder. Hes one guy you knew would give 100%

  • Aura123 on September 20, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    We think that you still have some cricket left in you but anywas sad to see you going! Well done and wish you all the best in future from all the cricket fans from Pakistan

  • on September 20, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    lol , let stuart Broad Bowl to Yuvraj Singh again ...He'll annouce his retirement for sure..hehe JK ...dont take me wrong , I am a Pakistani but loved the way Yuvi smacked six sixes to Baby face

  • gramedgar on September 20, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    great competitor and a fighter who would have done a good job in oz this winter had he not gone through so many injuries. not a bad old international career and good stats too! thanks ryan.

  • AK47_pk on September 20, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    he was good for england but in pakistan we dnt let these kinda bowlers to get in to a domestic team....well done mate.

  • klobania on September 20, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    there is lesson to learn frm sidebottom's retirement for old aged pple likes of tendulkar, dravid, laxman, kallis, harbho etc. that it is better to say good bye before u r forced to do so n im pretty sure the above named cricketers will be kicked out by bcci once they will thrashed by aussies in upcoming series

  • cric4world on September 20, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    i think sidebottom was a better option then bresnan.bresnan is just an annoying figure among a good england side otherwise

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    i feel english playesrs are mentally not strong... trescothick , flintoff and now Sidebottom... but all were good players...if not great.

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Which England pace bowler will retire next!?

  • CBFry-up on September 20, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Thanks for everything, Ryan. I'm sad to see you go. You will be missed. I suspect that a great many England fans will share these sentiments. If you're looking for a new county, please come to Worcestershire, we could do with a bowler of your calibre. Best of luck wherever you pitch up!

  • AK47_pk on September 20, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    perhaps he dnt want to play with current team cuz he knows there are fixers in his team....right timing mate nd im sure you did get enough share to get a decent living :)

  • SONIAAFZAL on September 20, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    A TRUE SERVANT OF ENGLAND CRICKET WHO ALLWAYS GAVE HIS 100%, SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN MORE OPPORTUNITY.. VERY SAD TO KNOW THAT HE HAD TO WAIT 6 YEARS FOR HIS 2ND OPPORTUNITY. SHOULD HAVE WAIT FOR WC2011 TOO.. ANYWAY ALL THE VERY BEST TO U RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

  • Chapelau on September 20, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    I can only imagine that Sidebottom gort fed up of seeing a donkey like Bresnan getting in the side ahead of him. Can anyone tell me why Bresnan is playing for England? Oh, yes, I remember - we have no one else !!!!

  • CaptainPedant on September 20, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Very sorry to see him go. There was a period of a year or so when his was the first name down on the team sheet and it's a shame he didn't get to play an Ashes series when he was in the form of his life. He could take wickets and be very mean with his runs too, always an asset in a seamer. Maybe he figures the best cricket of his life is behind him now and it's better to go while people are saying "Why's he quitting now?" rather than wait until he says "Why doesn't he quit, already?". There have been too few occasions when England have had a top-notch left-arm quick and it was great to see him make such good use of his second and subsequent Tests. 'Bye, Ryan, and thanks!

  • on September 20, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Having been labeled as a one-test wonder after what was an ordinary debut performance, Ryan made a deserved comeback after six years to lead England's attack. With terrific determination, he proved his detractors wrong with some memorable performances. All the best to Ryan in whatever he chooses to do in future.

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    shocked to hear this really! Sidebottom was one of the cricketers who gave everything for England! I was really surprised he has only played a handful of matches to England because his impact has been fantastic! He really should have played the WC and taken this decision! he has done really well in Sri Lanka and India in the recent past so he could have been very handy in the subcontinent!

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    why so early?? and dis articl dusn giv de reason too..

  • kingkarthik on September 20, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    @ aliather, I completely agree with your sentiments. It is indeed strangely timed. I clearly remember him and Swann beating Sri Lanka during the 2007 ODI series at home. It was low scoring affairs where line, length prevailed rather than extravagant seam movement or swing. Would have tied the opposition down and retarded the scoring rate with his yorkers even if he did not take too many wickets. I think he has decided to go out on his own terms as he is not a flashy cricketer or one who grabs the headlines with non cricketing exploit or comments. He must have remembered what happened to another great servant and charming character of English cricket, Mathew Hoggard, who just had one off series and was chucked out. Poor Hoggard, his record and achievements speak for themselves. Anyway good luck Ryan and thank good you did not live life thinking you ended up being a one test wonder like your dad. Definitely had more gumption and backbone than Harmison, Sajid Mahmood and Panesar.

  • Bass_Man on September 20, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Now thats he's retired, there will be no excuses to not visit the barber

  • CricketPissek on September 20, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    waking up very early morning to watch Anderson and Sidebottom take the NZ top order apart in 2007/08 with some of the best swing bowling ever seen was an absolute privilege. his skills will be missed by england for sure

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    a truly under rated bowler..could swing the ball both ways..was effective in seamer as well as non seamer conditions...he should have been given more opportunities to serve England

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Its really uneasy for me to hear that Sidebottom is retiring at 32. He could have played 3-4 years more & could have achieved more..

  • boris6491 on September 20, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    There are not many England players, even less bowlers, who I am enamoured of. However, Sidebottom has been a rare exception. Since his second coming, he has impressed me immensely and this news comes as a real surprise. I feel that he has been hindered by injuries rather than poor form which has led to the fact that wickets for him have not been coming as easily as they once were. He was one of those bowlers who ran in and gave 100% in every delivery with an amazing ability to swing the ball prodigiously. One of those rare quicks from England who has also been able to perform overseas. England will miss his experience and ability although I think it is a very noble move on his part to move on considering that he has not been able to recapture the form he had 2-3 years ago and the fact that the likes of Shahzad, Finn et al. are waiting in the wings. All the best Ryan!

  • shashankvaish on September 20, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    y r u doin that??????????????????

  • AhsanIqbal on September 20, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Ryan was a good cricketer. I shall definitely miss him!

  • george204 on September 20, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    That's a real disappointment, I was hoping that Ryan would be taken to Australia. Such a pity that injury robbed him of the chance to reach 100 test wickets.

    But hopefully the international retirement will generate interest from a few counties & he gets a decent contract to see out his first class career...

  • gpgeta on September 20, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    ryan will always be remembered for his contributions to england

  • Tigg on September 20, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Farewell Siders. Had an amazing year and a half at the top but since then hasn't really been good enough (apart from T20Is). I'm glad he has done this now rather than cling on for another year or two. Hopefully this will encourage England to try out the likes of Shazad, Woakes, Harris, Chambers and Wright in greater roles.

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Came as a surprise, I thought he had more to offer. A shame he never got his regular Test place back after the injury that slid him down the pecking order, but he burned pretty bright in the couple of years he was at the top of the game, and I guess he never thought he'd get another chance after his debut. An excellent player who showed the worth of honing your skills in county cricket.

  • aliather on September 20, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    ryan should have waited for 2011 wc in sub-continent.its just six months to go from now.he could be deadly accurate their with his slower ball varities.must reconsider his decision to finish with wc memories.

  • Seasole on September 20, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Well played Sidebottom!!

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  • Seasole on September 20, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Well played Sidebottom!!

  • aliather on September 20, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    ryan should have waited for 2011 wc in sub-continent.its just six months to go from now.he could be deadly accurate their with his slower ball varities.must reconsider his decision to finish with wc memories.

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Came as a surprise, I thought he had more to offer. A shame he never got his regular Test place back after the injury that slid him down the pecking order, but he burned pretty bright in the couple of years he was at the top of the game, and I guess he never thought he'd get another chance after his debut. An excellent player who showed the worth of honing your skills in county cricket.

  • Tigg on September 20, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Farewell Siders. Had an amazing year and a half at the top but since then hasn't really been good enough (apart from T20Is). I'm glad he has done this now rather than cling on for another year or two. Hopefully this will encourage England to try out the likes of Shazad, Woakes, Harris, Chambers and Wright in greater roles.

  • gpgeta on September 20, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    ryan will always be remembered for his contributions to england

  • george204 on September 20, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    That's a real disappointment, I was hoping that Ryan would be taken to Australia. Such a pity that injury robbed him of the chance to reach 100 test wickets.

    But hopefully the international retirement will generate interest from a few counties & he gets a decent contract to see out his first class career...

  • AhsanIqbal on September 20, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Ryan was a good cricketer. I shall definitely miss him!

  • shashankvaish on September 20, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    y r u doin that??????????????????

  • boris6491 on September 20, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    There are not many England players, even less bowlers, who I am enamoured of. However, Sidebottom has been a rare exception. Since his second coming, he has impressed me immensely and this news comes as a real surprise. I feel that he has been hindered by injuries rather than poor form which has led to the fact that wickets for him have not been coming as easily as they once were. He was one of those bowlers who ran in and gave 100% in every delivery with an amazing ability to swing the ball prodigiously. One of those rare quicks from England who has also been able to perform overseas. England will miss his experience and ability although I think it is a very noble move on his part to move on considering that he has not been able to recapture the form he had 2-3 years ago and the fact that the likes of Shahzad, Finn et al. are waiting in the wings. All the best Ryan!

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Its really uneasy for me to hear that Sidebottom is retiring at 32. He could have played 3-4 years more & could have achieved more..