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Sidebottom calls time on England career

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Ryan Sidebottom

Ryan Sidebottom has announced his immediate retirement from international cricket.

The 32-year-old pace bowler has been a regular for England in recent years and was a key member of the Twenty20 World Cup-winning squad earlier this year.

But Sidebottom has now decided to call time on his international career, having taken 79 wickets in 22 Tests and more than 50 in one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

“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,” said Sidebottom.

“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.”

England coach Andy Flower praised Sidebottom’s nine-year international spell.

“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.”

Sidebottom also confirmed he will be joining a new county for the 2011 season after deciding to leave Nottinghamshire, who he helped to lift the LV= County Championship Division One title last week.

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