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Ryan J Sidebottom


NAME: Ryan Jay Sidebottom
DOB: January 15, 1978, Huddersfield
ROLE: Left-arm seamer, Left-handed bat
DID YOU KNOW?: Sidebottom could have been a footballer, impressing scouts at Sheffield United in his youth.

Ryan Sidebottom has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt! But there is no doubt that the experienced swing bowler is hungry for more success in a Yorkshire shirt.

During the 2016 season, Sidebottom went beyond 1,000 wickets in all forms of professional cricket, including over 700 in first-class cricket with 79 coming in Test Match cricket for England.

Sidebottom is a winner of five County Championships with Yorkshire (three) and Nottinghamshire (twice).

He is also the owner of 22 Test, 25 one-day and 18 Twenty20 international caps as well as a World Twenty20 winner’s medal.

The left-armer, a master of swing bowling, became only the eleventh England player to claim a Test hat-trick whilst on tour in New Zealand in early 2008, taking 10 wickets in the match at Hamilton and a superb 24 in a three-match series.

He left Yorkshire for Notts ahead of 2004 and returned to Headingley ahead of the 2011 campaign, immediately after winning his second Championship title with the Trent Bridge side.

The son of former Yorkshire and England bowler Arnie, who also played football for Manchester United, Sidebottom junior is also a useful lower order batsman.

In 2013, he went beyond Arnie’s first-class wickets tally of 596 and went on to pass 600 in the process.

In 2014, he won his fourth Championship title, his second with Yorkshire, before adding another to the collection 12 months later. His first was in 2001.

Sidebottom will honoured by Yorkshire in 2017 with two months of testimonial events in August and September. He has already hinted it will be last season in the game, the 21st of his career.

In 1995, he played three matches for England Under 17s in a one-day tournament in Holland in July.

After second-team appearances across three seasons for the White Rose, he debuted in both one-day and Championship cricket for his county, taking three wickets in the latter against Leicestershire at Grace Road in July 1997.

In 1998, he snared 6-40 in a 40-over win against Glamorgan at Cardiff in May, still the best figures of his List A career to date.

In 2000, he became the 150th capped Yorkshire player before taking 27 Championship wickets in a title-winning campaign in 2001. He made his Test and ODI bows for England against Pakistan in May and Zimbabwe on tour in October.

Having joined Nottinghamshire in November of 2003 in search of regular first-team cricket, he helped the Trent Bridge county to double promotion in Championship and one-day cricket during his first summer there.

In 2005, Sidebottom claimed 50 wickets in first-class cricket to become the Notts’ Player of the Year and help them to their first Championship title in 18 years, the second of his career. He topped 50 wickets again in 2006, but this time Notts were relegated.

In 2007, he returned to England set-up for home Test series against the West Indies under the guidance of new coach Peter Moores, taking eight wickets in his comeback Test at Headingley.

He claimed a further 21 Test wickets in matches against the WIndies, India and Sri Lanka in the calendar year. Also returned to ODI arena and made T20 international debut.

Dismissed New Zealanders Stephen Fleming, Matthew Sinclair and Jacob Oram to claim his hat-trick at Hamilton before taking five wickets in the second Test at Wellington and then career best figures of 7-47 at Napier. England won the series 2-1. He was subsequently mamed as England’s Player of the Year for 2008.

Sidebottom took 10 wickets in the tournament and spearheaded the attack as England won the World Twenty20, including two in the final against Australia at Barbados in May 2010.

He also returned to county colours and won his third Championship title with Notts.

He retired from international cricket and then re-signed for Yorkshire on a three-year deal in October.

Led the Yorkshire attack expertly with 62 Championship wickets in 2011, including a career best 7-37 in a final round win against Somerset at Headingley in September.

He also scored a career best 61 on his second White Rose debut in the opening week win over Worcestershire at New Road in April, but he could not prevent relegation.

Injury disrupted 2012, but he featured at the T20 Champions League in October before claiming 49 Championship wickets in 2013, winning the Members’ Player of the Year.

Sidebottom clinched his fourth four-day title in 2014, playing a significant part in Yorkshire’s success with 48 wickets from 12 matches, including hauls of seven wickets and six wickets.

He took 7-44 to help his side beat Middlesex at Scarborough in late July before wrapping up the title against his former county at Trent Bridge in early September with 6-30 in the second innings, undoubtedly one of the best bowling displays of his entire career.

He took 41 wickets in 10 Championship appearances in 2015, another season disrupted by injury.

That haul included eleven wickets in the match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in July – six in the first and five in the second – as Yorkshire won.

He also returned a stunning 5-18 in the title-clinching match against Middlesex at Lord’s in September, taking a triple wicket maiden in the first over of the match.

Sidebottom spent time on the sidelines again in 2016, this time with a fractured fibula, but he still managed to contribute 31 wickets in nine matches.

He has not played one-day and T20 cricket since 2013 and 2014 respectively in order to preserve his body for the rigours of Championship cricket.


  • Name Ryan J Sidebottom
  • Born 15th January 1978
  • Role Left Hand Bat//Left Arm Fast Medium Bowler
  • County Debut 1995
  • First Class 1997
  • County Cap July 2000
  • Nickname Siddy
  • Squad Number 11

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