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Sidebottom hopes for Ashes recall

Ryan Sidebottom
Sidebottom made his Test debut for England in 2001

Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom is refusing to give up on his chances of playing in the Ashes this summer.

The left-arm paceman has not played a Test since March but was part of the England squad for the World Twenty20.

"All I can do is keep taking wickets. I had a good World Twenty20 and I feel in good form," said Sidebottom.

"I've not played much four-day cricket and I need overs under my belt but I'll just have to wait and see what happens and what team they go with."

The 31-year-old has taken 77 wickets at an average of 27.70 in 21 Tests for England, but after a year ravaged by Achilles and back injuries, he was not part of the squad for the drawn first match of the series with Australia in Cardiff.

And after being left out of the England Lions side that faced the tourists before the Ashes began, Sidebottom has seen Steve Harmison called up ahead of him as cover for Andrew Flintoff for the second Test at Lord's.

"I've got a good record but I suppose I've had a lot of injuries and I've missed a lot of four-day cricket and Harmison and Graham Onions have come in and performed really well," added the former Yorkshire seamer.

"But there's nothing much I can do about that."



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