General News | 29th May 2007

Sid makes his mark

England hero Ryan Sidebottom claims he still hasn't come down from the high of claiming eight wickets in his international comeback against the West Indies.

The Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer recorded match figures of 8-86 on his return to his former home ground of Headingley for the second npower Test last week.

And the 29-year-old admitted the match went better than he could have hoped, saying: "I had confidence in myself that I could take some wickets but not like it turned out.

"I was very happy to be told by Michael Vaughan that I'd be taking the first over, and the cheer I got from the Headingley crowd when my name was read out to bowl the first over gave me an extra boost.

"I was able to settle into a rhythm straight away, and tried to do the same things that have worked for me with Notts. I got the ball swinging and everything went from there.

"I'm absolutely delighted and the family are chuffed to bit. I'm still in dreamland a bit and haven't yet come down from a high.

"But I know I really haven't achieved anything yet. It was only my second Test match and I wanted to prove to myself I could do the job at international level.

"I've still got a long way to go yet and I want to win as many international caps as possible."

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