BREAKING NEWS | Ryan Sidebottom announces his retirement

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BREAKING NEWS | Ryan Sidebottom announces his retirement

Joined: December 28th, 2003, 2:48 am

February 22nd, 2017, 12:48 am #1


Yorkshire & England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom has announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2017 cricket season.

What a loss!!!!
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Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 6:52 am #2

I think we all knew this was coming one day soon and rather then viewing as a loss I prefer to see it as a gain for getting more out of him in the last three years than most people do with fast bowlers after 35.

Nice to announce now ahead of the season rather than at the end.

Surely there is a role for him on the coaching side after to help develop the young bowlers as Esso did for years
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Joined: August 7th, 2014, 4:58 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 8:02 am #3

Magnificent career, great bloke. The word "legend" is overused but it's appropriate for this man.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 7:13 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 8:32 am #4

It had to happen. We'll miss him.

And we have to win the Championship for Ryan
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Joined: July 25th, 2015, 12:36 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 8:36 am #5

To be expected but he will be a loss. Let's win the championship for him now.
And Glenn McGrath dismissed for 2 just 98 runs short of his century.
Richie Benaud
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Joined: August 14th, 2007, 12:51 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 8:56 am #6

Magnificent career, great bloke. The word "legend" is overused but it's appropriate for this man.
Ryan has enjoyed a wonderful career. He's a model professional and the template for modern Yorkshire cricket.
As a player he has exceeded all my initial expectations and eclipsed his remarkable, tireless and lovable father. There have been very few Yorkshire cricketers who have achieved more.

I always remember Arnie bowling his heart out when the opposition seemed to need just 90 to win. They'd get to 25 for 4; Annie would run out of puff and that would be that.
I remember Ryan, two or three years ago at Scarborough, turn the family shade of purple after ten consecutive overs in a critical winning effort. All of us watching we're proud to be associated with such a special performer.
Unlike his dad, he was usually lucky enough to have someone impressive to back him up at the other end - but he never really needed luck.

Ryan is a pedigree bowler and the single most important factor in our recent Championship successes. I'll treasure the few remaining chances to see this remarkable cricketer. I'm sure we'll all have moments when we regret his absence in the years to come.

Good luck to him and here''s hoping for a final Championship triumph to cement his place among the best of Yorkshire's players.

Ryan Sidebottom is a truly great cricketer.
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Joined: May 24th, 2016, 9:00 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 9:12 am #7

I personally think Jack Brooks has been just as important as Ryan, it certainly won't be the bowling that hampers the club winning the title again.
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Joined: March 7th, 2014, 11:28 am

February 22nd, 2017, 9:32 am #8

He was on radio Leeds earlier. Talked about doing more work with his foundation which supports under-privileged kids (to learn cricket?) after he retires. We know this but what a thoughtful and thoroughly decent bloke he is. A great example of someone who is fierce on the field but charm personified off it.
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Joined: April 11th, 2014, 2:11 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 10:02 am #9

At nearly 40 this is not surprising news for Sidebottom.
Looking forward even more now to seeing him this summer.
Think Gillespie called him a Rolls Royce of a player and think this sums him up perfectly.
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Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

February 22nd, 2017, 11:18 am #10

In a class of his own as a bowler, in his "second coming" to Yorkshire.

He was a bit of a slow starter, as a youngster with a famous father. Apparently told by one of the Yorkshire under 15 coaches that he was no good (!) - I know he played on the Yorkshire 2nd XI at that age group because he twice played against my Manchester team - and always behind Paul Hutchison as a young left-arm bowler with the County. He was also injury prone, and there was little fuss when he left Yorkshire for Notts.

He went on to mature as a bowler, and Peter Moores recognised the talent that Duncan Fletcher was unable to see. Ryan led the England attack brilliantly for around three years. I was lucky enough to see him in supreme form in New Zealand in 2008.

I may have been wrong, but I saw him as Mr Grumpy (in a negative sort of way) when he first returned home. It took him a year or two to "buy into" the newly developing Yorkshire ethos, but once he had done so he was superb. The sights of him throwing his ageing body around to save one run on the boundary, or battling with the bat to rescue his team, were just as inspiring as his brilliant new-ball bowling. Still grumpy, of course, but now in a positive way.

It has been Yorkshire's strength in depth. eleven good players, that has won Championships - but Ryan has rarely failed to make inroads with the new ball, and has almost never gone for runs when the opposition have been on top. Brooks and Rashid have won matches too, Patterson and Bresnan have also given control, but Sidebottom has done both.

And how often he has got out the opposition's best batsman. See photo.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/forwardde ... 248699970/

I think he has probably judged his retirement about right. I hope he stays fit during his final season.
Bowlers win matches
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