Sidebottom to retire after 2017 season

Ryan Sidebottom, the former England left-arm pace bowler, has announced he will retire after the 2017 English season to bring an end a 20-year career.

Sidebottom, 39, will bring the curtain down after the Specsavers County Championship season where he will attempt to win a sixth title having previously won twice with Nottinghamshire (2005 and 2010) and three times with Yorkshire (2001, 2014 and 2015).

"There's a tear in my eye whenever I think about not playing professional cricket again - a game that's given me so much over the years," he said. "But it's the right time and I want to go out on a high, rather than fade away as that's just not the sort of guy I am."

His international career spanned 22 Tests, 25 ODIs, and 18 T20Is, came to an end in 2010. He made his England debut in 2001, against Pakistan at Lord's, but it was not until a surprising recall in 2007 that he became a regular in the side. He played a key role in England's World T20 title in 2010.

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