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Seamer never gave up hope of an England recall

Last Updated: 18/07/11 3:35pm

Sidebottom: returned home

Sidebottom: returned home

Ryan Sidebottom told Cricket AM that he is loving life back at Yorkshire.

"There is a lot of young talent, and I'm really enjoying the role I'm playing at the moment in bringing those young lads on."

Ryan Sidebottom

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The left-arm seamer returned to Headingley during the winter after a seven-year spell at Nottinghamshire and he says he is delighted to be "home".

Sidebottom is playing alongside a clutch of talented young players at the White Rose County including batsman Joe Root, wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow and leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid.

And the 33-year-old says he is enjoying passing on his experience to Yorkshire's crop of starlets.

"It was the obvious choice really to go back home and finish my career where it started," the Huddersfield-born bowler told Cricket AM.

"I'd like to think I can play for five or six years more, but maybe being bowling coach obviously appeals to me.

"There is a lot of young talent, and I'm really enjoying the role I'm playing at the moment in bringing those young lads on."


On how the Yorkshire set-up has altered during his time away, Sidebottom said: "In ways it's changed, but it's still pretty similar.

"There are lot of coaches that were there when I left. The ground looks fantastic now, but I still think the dressing room needs a bit of work!

"We have had a topsy-turvy season. We've played great for sessions or three days out of four but we've lost our concentration, which in vital sessions can cost you the game."

Sidebottom had a successful time at Nottinghamshire, winning two County Championships and regaining his place in the England side.

And the bowler, who has since retired from the international game, lavished praise on the Trent Bridge outfit for rejuvenating his career.

"I owe them (Nottinghamshire) a lot," he said. "When I left Yorkshire I'd played one Test for England and then had six years in the wilderness. I got the responsibility of opening the bowling in all forms of the game and I improved ten-fold.

"I enjoyed every second of it with Stephen Fleming and Mark Ealham, who was like a second dad to me. I improved immensely and without Nottinghamshire, I wouldn't have been an England player."

Second chance

Sidebottom made his England Test debut against Pakistan in May 2001 but failed to pick up a wicket in either innings.

The Yorkshireman had to wait until May 2007 for his next taste of international cricket, but soon became an integral part of the England line-up and finished his career with 79 wickets from 22 Tests.

"You play cricket to play for your country, so I never gave up hope," added Sidebottom. "Peter Moores and Michael Vaughan gave me a second chance and were absolutely brilliant with me, they were very positive and got the best out of me.

"I'd not played regularly for Yorkshire when I first played for England. Going back to county cricket, learning how to bowl and learing the rigours of bowling stood me in good stead to come back and pay for England again.

"I knew my own game having played over 100 times for Yorkshire and Notts, but you also need to feel welcome and the England boys were fantastic."