Sidebottom signs on at Tykes until 2016

Ryan Sidebottom
Ryan Sidebottom

Veteran seamer Ryan Sidebottom has signed a one-year contract extension with Yorkshire that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 37-year-old, who began his career at Headingley but left for Nottinghamshire in 2003 only to return seven years later, has 663 first-class wickets in a 17-year career.

And Sidebottom said: “I am absolutely delighted to be signing a new deal.

“It’s been a great couple of years for the club, with us winning the Championship and continuing to improve.”

He added: “To get to 700 wickets would be brilliant.

“I am aware of that milestone and I would like to go beyond that figure. That is the challenge I’ve set myself.

“I just want to remain focused on the cricket, the younger guys keep me going, keep me fit and motivated. I’d really love to play 20 years if I can. To do that as a pro would be an amazing achievement.”

Sidebottom is the fourth player in the last month to commit to Yorkshire after Alex Lees, Adam Lyth and Steve Patterson all agreed new deals.

Meanwhile, Tykes head coach Jason Gillespie has promised England captain Alastair Cook a rough ride when Yorkshire take on the MCC next month.

Cook will captain the MCC in the season curtain-raiser in Abu Dhabi and Gillespie said: “Although I’m sure England supporters would love to see him in the runs, I certainly don’t. I’m the head coach of Yorkshire, and I want to see us perform well in that game.

“If Alastair scores runs and big ones in that game, well done to him. But we are going to make him earn them and work really hard for them.”

“Alastair is the type of character who strives to improve his game,” Gillespie added.

“If he comes up against a county side just going through the motions in a pre-season game, that’s not really going to help much. It’s just a glorified pre-season net then.

“But this is a proper first-class game, and we’re going to treat it as such.

“This match is a massive reward for us. It’s a big event for the players, and we’re really looking forward to it.

“We want to go out there and play the best cricket we can and try to win the game.

“How we go about that, the exact make-up of the side, we’ll only know when we get out there. It’s a long season, so we’ll have to be conscious of that. But we want to play that game and do the very best we can.”