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England exit for Sidebottom

Seamer announces decision to retire from international cricket

Sidebottom: international retirement

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Left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 32-year-old was a key member of England's victorious Twenty20 World Cup-winning squad earlier this year in the West Indies.

Sidebottom reached his decision to retire from the international stage having helped Nottinghamshire lift the LV= County Championship Division One title last week.

He made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord's in 2001, but then had to wait a further six years before earning a recall.

However, over the course of the past four years he established himself on the international scene and has enjoyed success both in Tests and one-day cricket.

Sidebottom produced a Test hat-trick and returned career-best figures of 7-47 runs against New Zealand in 2008 and in total played 22 Tests for his country.

Fantastic period

"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," he said of his decision to retire.

"If I look back on my international career I have achieved more than I could ever have dreamed.

"Winning the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies, my Test debut at Lords, a Test hat-trick against New Zealand, plus a man of the series award, are just a few of the highlights.

"I have been fortunate enough to live the dream with England.

"It has been a fantastic time but I have no doubts that now is the right time to announce my retirement."

Sidebottom also confirmed that he is to leave Nottinghamshire after seven seasons and will be joining a new county for 2011.

The Huddersfield-born bowler has been linked with a move to Lancashire and Yorkshire and will also be entered into the 2011 IPL auction later this year.