General News | 2nd February 2009

Sidebottom Targets Test Inclusion

Notts bowler Ryan Sidebottom is in contention for a place in the England team to face West Indies on Wednesday, six months after his last Test appearance.

Sidebottom bowled 25 overs as England drew with West Indies A and hopes the appearance marks the end of an injury-ravaged spell.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be out there and get miles in the legs,” said Sidebottom.

“I’m feeling fit and well and there’s plenty of competition for places so I need to stay fit and hopefully I’ll be available for the first Test in Jamaica.

“I’ve been working on bowling round the wicket and trying a change of angle which is a positive and my length percentages were pretty good. I felt that I bowled pretty well but there was the odd four-ball which I really hate.

“It’s great to be amongst the lads and to be playing for England again because it’s a fantastic feeling to put that shirt on.”

England must also decide whether to include Notts bowler Stuart Broad whilst spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar compete for one spot.

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