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Ryan Sidebottom to retire after 2017 County Championship season

Yorkshire fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom has announced he will retire from playing professional cricket at the end of the 2017 county season.

Credit: Press Association

The 39-year-old, who helped England win the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010, will call time on a 20-year career spanning three decades in the summer.

Sidebottom will head into his final campaign with more than 1,000 career wickets to his name and five County Championship titles, after wins with Yorkshire in 2001, 2014 and 2015 and Nottinghamshire in 2005 and 2010.

Upon retirement he will focus on his cricket academies in York and Leeds, as well as helping under-privileged children in Yorkshire play the sport through his own foundation.

"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 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," said Sidebottom.

2001
Sidebottom's England Test debut against Pakistan
22
Test matches played for England with average of 28.24
22
One-day internationals played for England with average of 35.82
18
Twenty20 matches played for England with average of 19.00
Sidebottom won three County Championship titles with Yorkshire Credit: YCCC

I've always tried to play with a smile on my face and give 110 per cent because I absolutely love this sport. It's been an honour to represent my home county, Yorkshire, play for my country and help make history at Nottinghamshire. I couldn't have asked for better team-mates and they've helped me become the cricketer I am today.

– Ryan Sidebottom

He's been a fantastic servant to Yorkshire, Notts and England over the years - 20 years as a fast bowler is a remarkable achievement. He's a winner, we've all seen that, and he can be very proud of what he has achieved in cricket, an unprecedented level of success - it has been a fantastic career and he will be going out at the top.

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire CCC