Siddy - Hard work paid off
Ryan Sidebottom has praised the domestic county set-up in the aftermath of his instrumental display in the second Test.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 17/03/08 4:45pm
Ryan Sidebottom has praised the domestic county set-up in the aftermath of his instrumental display which helped England level the Test series against New Zealand in Wellington.
Second innings figures of 5-105 helped England restore parity, with the Nottinghamshire bowler quickly becoming an essential part of coach Peter Moores' attack.
After being snubbed by former head coach Duncan Fletcher in 2001, Sidebottom admitted his determination to get back into the nets and prove his class in the county format.
"After the Test match I played in 2001 I went back to county cricket I worked hard at my action and what I could change," Sidebottom said.
"I worked hard with my bowling coach Steve Oldham - worked really hard with doing drills.
"I could swing the ball when I was younger but I'd also have days when I just pushed it across and it always helps if you can swing the ball because batsmen don't know if it's going to carry on its course or swing."
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a memorable tour thus far, becoming only the 11th ever Englishman to take a Test match hat-trick during the first Test in Hamilton.
Sidebottom admits he has learnt a lot from the experienced players on the county circuit, paying particular tribute to key personnel at current club Nottinghamshire.
"By bowling day-in and day-out I know my own game and I've not really changed much - I just bowl how I do in county cricket," Sidebottom continued.
"I've learned off guys like Mark Ealham, Greg Smith and Stephen Fleming and it's just great to playing international cricket.
"You always go into games wondering how you're going to go, particularly after I'd not played for so long, but I've not really changed anything - I've just bowled how I have done over the last two or three years."
Once again watched by his father Arnie - the former Yorkshire and England seamer - Sidebottom is likely to be a fixture for some time yet given the high regard he is held by current coach Moores and captain Michael Vaughan.
"I guess he's getting all the rewards now for all the hard work he's put in over the years," said Vaughan.
"Hopefully that will continue for a long, long while and he can have a really good, sustained international career.
"He's only played 12 Tests and he's our most experienced bowler.
"I guess it proves that bowling all those overs in the county game, really knowing his game before he played at international level can help.
"He never needs telling, he always knows what's required in the situation which is very handy for a captain."