England news September 20, 2010

Ryan Sidebottom retires from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2010, 7:11 GMT

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

  • George 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.

  • Mark 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.

  • rob 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?

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    why is sidebottom retiring he is better than Tim brensan

  • harris 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.

  • Michael 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.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2010, 11:05 GMT


  • kirk 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.

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