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Ryan Sidebottom eager to reach 700 wickets with Yorkshire
Ryan Sidebottom wants a new contract with Yorkshire as he bids to reach a career landmark of 700 first-class wickets.
The former England international, now 35, passed the 600 mark in last week’s LV= County Championship match against title rivals Durham at Scarborough, which the White Rose county lost.
Sidebottom has one more year to go on his current deal at Headingley, which would be the fourth of his second spell with his home county.
He has taken 127 wickets in 39 first-class matches since returning from Nottinghamshire ahead of the 2011 season, including 37 this term with a best of 4-35 against his former county at Trent Bridge last month.
“I’d like to go on and get 700 if I can. I’m still feeling fit and bowling all right,” said Sidebottom, who was asked how long he believes it will take him to achieve that feat now that he is on 602.
“I don’t know. I’d like a couple more seasons if I can. I’m bowling well and I would like to sign a new contract if possible. I’ve maybe got two or three more years left in me.
“The backroom staff, Scot McAllister and Tom Summers, have looked after me really well. I think I still look fit and fresh. I don’t look 35, I don’t think. I know it’s not that old but I am a veteran at 35 in this squad.
“I’m still enjoying my cricket and this season’s really important for us. You’re a long time retired – and I’m happy.”
Sidebottom and his Yorkshire team-mates returned to training at Weetwood in Leeds yesterday ahead of their Championship match against Sussex at Hove next Wednesday.
The squad have been urged not to start doubting themselves after the defeat against Durham, only their second in 31 matches.
Coach Jason Gillespie said: “Galey (skipper Andrew Gale) has spoken fantastically well to all the boys. He just said ‘let’s not start second-guessing ourselves. We’ve had a bad game and that can happen’.
“A lot can happen. There’s still a lot of cricket to be played. We’re not getting ourselves too down. We’ll bounce back, don’t worry about that.”