HUDDERSFIELD’S Ryan Sidebottom has received yet another massive accolade with his selection as one of the just-released Wisden’s ‘Five Cricketers of the Year.’
The 30-year-old former Yorkshire bowler, who was brought up in Fenay Bridge, has enjoyed a halcyon summer and winter and has become England’s No1 strike bowler.
It’s a far cry from his early days when he briefly played for Holmfirth as a youngster in the Drakes League, when his father Arnie was skipper there. He also had a short spell at Meltham under Ian Swallow.
Sidebottom (pictured), who tied the knot with fiancee Kate last weekend, was named the Player of the Series in the recent tour of New Zealand, when England won the Test series 2-1 and Sidebottom claimed a hat trick in the first Test in Hamilton.
He won his first cap in 2001 against Pakistan, but it wasn’t until last summer that he was recalled for the Test against the West Indies at his old stomping ground of Headingley, Sidebottom having moved from Yorkshire to Nottinghamshire at the end of the 2003 season.
Sidebottom finished last summer with 24 Test wickets and got a central contract.
During November and December he was on tour in Sri Lanka, where his 12 wickets brought about a one-day triumph and another series award before it was on to New Zealand at the turn of the year, and more plaudits.
Mum Gillian and dad Arnie were present at Seddon Park in Hamilton on the day Ryan took his hat trick and they’ll be hoping he can repeat his 24-wicket haul in that series when the New Zealanders and South Africans arrive here later in the summer.
The other four Cricketers of the Year are Ian Bell, Shiv Chanderpaul, Ottis Gibson and Zaheer Khan.