General News | 6th August 2007
Sidebottom gets World Twenty20 call
Ryan Sidebottom’s dream summer continued today when he was named in the England squad for the ICC World Twenty20 next month.
The left-arm seamer will also be part of the squad to play India in the NatWest Series which starts later this month, before getting on the plane to South Africa.
Sidebottom has proved to be a consistent performer in one-day cricket since moving to Notts from his native Yorkshire in 2004.
He recorded the most economical figures in last year’s Twenty20 Cup when he conceded just seven runs off his four overs against Surrey Brown Caps in the semi-final at Trent Bridge.
England Chairman of Selectors David Graveney said: “Having reviewed the team’s performances in The NatWest International Twenty20 matches against West Indies, the selectors felt it was necessary to include a number of players with greater experience of this format of the game in the squad to go to South Africa.
“The World Twenty20 tournament will be new ground for everyone and we feel that combining players with experience of One-Day International cricket together with Twenty20 ‘specialists’ will give us the best possible chance of success.”