RYAN SIDEBOTTOM is determined to sign off a glittering 20-year career on a perfect high by lifting more silverware with his beloved Yorkshire.
In a career that spanned twenty years, the 39-year old played for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, as well as the national side. He also won five County Championship titles, three with his native Yorkshire and two with Nottinghamshire.
“There’s a tear in my eye whenever I think about not playing professional cricket again, a game that’s given me so much over the years. But it’s the right time and I want to go out on a high, rather than fade away, as that’s just not the sort of guy I am,” Sidebottom was quoted in a report by BBC.
Born in Huddersfield, the left-arm seamer made his first class debut for Yorkshire way back in 1997, played a total of 222 games, picking 737 wickets at an average of 23.90.
He received his first England cap in 2001, joining the side against the touring Pakistan team, and made his ODI debut in October in the same year.
“I’ve always tried to play with a smile on my face and give 110% because I absolutely love this sport,” he continued.
“It’s been an honour to represent my home county, Yorkshire, play for my country and help make history at Nottinghamshire.
“I couldn’t have asked for better team-mates and they’ve helped me become the cricketer I am today.”
Sidebottom retired from international cricket later that year and now focusses on helping out underprivileged kids to take up the sport in his academy.