Guy Wil­liams looks at what might be next for the bowler

Guy Wil­liams looks at what might be next for one of Eng­land’s most pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful per­form­ers in re­cent years

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from top to bot­tom, the game just can not live with­out sidey

Ryan Side­bot­tom, 39, may well have re­tired af­ter an out­stand­ing ca­reer span­ning 20 years with Eng­land,York­shire and Not­ting­hamshire, but, thank­fully, from the next gen­er­a­tion’s point of view, this left arm quick bowler won’t be say­ing good­bye.

While his dis­tinc­tive fea­tures, longish, curly hair flap­ping on his shoul­ders and a gal­lop­ing run to the wicket, will no longer be seen in first class cricket, Side­bot­tom is keen to pass on his ex­pe­ri­ence to young­sters as a coach.

York­shire, with whom Side­bot­tom won three County Cham­pi­onships in 2001, 2014 and 2015, adding to the ti­tles he won at Notts in 2005 and 2010, will shortly dis­cuss with him a bowl­ing con­sul­tancy role.

Side­bot­tom’s in­volve­ment with the game will also con­tinue as he ex­pands the work of his char­ity which teaches cricket to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Leeds.

Capped 22 times by Eng­land (79 wick­ets), Side­bot­tom’s bowl­ing re­sults were of­ten sen­sa­tional. A hat-trick against New Zealand at Hamilton in 2008 fol­lowed by 7-47 at Napier in the same se­ries and a match re­turn of 8-86 at Head­in­g­ley in May 2007 against the West Indies on his Test re­call.

His im­por­tance to York­shire can’t be ex­ag­ger­ated enough – 89 wick­ets in the con­sec­u­tive Cham­pi­onship win­ning sea­sons – and to say that Side­bot­tom’s ag­gres­sion, com­pet­i­tive­ness and match win­ning skills will be badly missed is a gross un­der­state­ment.

“As I look back, win­ning tro­phies thrilled me the most. That’s the pin­na­cle of a pro­fes­sional sportsman’s ca­reer. To win five Cham­pi­onship ti­tles is some­thing I’ll al­ways cher­ish be­cause I know how hard you and the team have to work through­out the sea­son.You have to be con­sis­tent to be right up there.

“What was also very spe­cial was win­ning the Twenty20 World Cup in 2010.Eng­land had never won a tour­na­ment through­out his­tory and then to beat Aus­tralia in the fi­nal in front of thou­sands of Eng­land fans was re­mark­able. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than beat­ing Aus­tralia and thrash­ing them was amaz­ing. Pick­ing up a tro­phy like that and to do it in Bar­ba­dos will live long in the mem­ory.

“When I got my first Eng­land cap, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing a call-up. I was young and hadn’t played that much first class cricket. When I was picked against Pak­istan at Lord’s in 2001, it was weird be­cause I wasn’t in great form. I was thrown in at the deep end and didn’t per­form as I wanted to.

“I felt I cer­tainly should have played again sooner. I was se­lected again seven

All-rounder: Ryan Side­bot­tom bowl­ing for York­shire and, be­low, with his chil­dren In­di­ana, left, and Dar­ley af­ter win­ning the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle in 2015

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