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Ryan Sidebottom Retires From International Cricket

England pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom has announced his immediate retirement from international cricket, reports BBC. Sidebottom, 32, was part of England's World Twenty20-winning squad earlier this year in the West Indies. He made his decision
PTI September 21, 2010 10:20 IST
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England pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom has announced his immediate retirement from international cricket, reports BBC.

Sidebottom, 32, was part of England's World Twenty20-winning squad earlier this year in the West Indies.

He made his decision after helping Nottinghamshire lift the County Championship Division One title.

"I have been fortunate enough to live the dream with England," he said. "But now it is time to hand over the ball to those a little younger."

Yorkshire-born Sidebottom made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lords in 2001, but had to wait another six years for a second opportunity.

He went on to establish himself as a regular in the England team, producing a Test hat-trick and returning career-best figures of 7-47 against New Zealand in 2008.            

He gave it everything. Retiring will allow younger bowlers like Shazhad, Woakes and Rashid to get some ODI experience. A good servant...broadblue

In all, he took 79 wickets in 22 Tests and more than 50 in one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

His last Test came earlier this year against South Africa in Johannesburg, while his final appearance in an England shirt came on 7 September when he took 2-22 at the Swalec Stadium to help England secure a 2-0 T20 series win against Pakistan.

"If I look back on my international career I have achieved more than I could ever have dreamed," said Sidebottom, whose father Arnie won one Test cap in the 1970s.

"I have had a truly fantastic period of my life with England.

"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."

Sidebottom will now look to continue his career in county cricket and is looking for a new team for 2011 after announcing that he is leaving Nottinghamshire after seven seasons .

He also plans to put his name forward for the 2011 Indian Premier League auction later this year.

England coach Andy Flower praised Sidebottom's contribution for the national side.

"Ryan has been an important member of the squad in recent years and has excelled in the shorter formats of the game, particularly Twenty20 cricket," he said.

"His contributions in the West Indies were instrumental in England winning our very first global title.

"On behalf of the team, I'd like to thank Ryan for the enthusiasm and commitment he has shown when playing for England and wish him all the very best for the remainder of his career."