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Ryan Sidebottom replaces injured Bresnan for England

Ryan Sidebottom
Sidebottom first played for England in 2001

England have called up Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom for Friday's second Test with Bangladesh following an injury to all-rounder Tim Bresnan.

Sidebottom is the only change from the squad that completed a comfortable eight-wicket win at Lord's on Monday.

Bresnan took four wickets at Lord's but has a stress fracture in his left foot and will be further assessed this week.

Sidebottom, 32, played the last of his 22 Tests in South Africa in January and has 79 wickets at an average of 28.

The left-arm seamer was most recently involved at international level as part of the triumphant England World Twenty20 squad in the West Indies.

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He played in all seven of England's matches, finishing as their joint highest wicket-taker with Graeme Swann, with 10 wickets at an average of 16.

"I'm very excited," Sidebottom told BBC Radio Nottingham. "It might be some reward for the way I performed in Barbados.

"I'm delighted with my form. Obviously I'm a little bit older now and my Test career is maybe coming towards the end but I don't think I've anything else to prove.

"The icing on the cake would be going to the Ashes and performing in that, but that is too far ahead, and I enjoy all forms of the game."

Bangladesh have never played a Test at Old Trafford but Sidebottom has appeared in two matches there, taking three wickets against the West Indies in 2007 and four more against New Zealand a year later.

England coach Andy Flower, meanwhile, has backed Bresnan to return to Test cricket once he has recovered from his injury - and benefit from the lessons learned at Lord's, where he struggled in Bangladesh's first innings because of a tendency to bowl from wide on the crease.

He said: "He had a tricky Test match in that some of the habits he picked up playing the very short form of the game weren't necessarily great habits for Test cricket, and it's just going to take a while to iron those out.

"He will be fine. But it is a real pity that he has picked up this injury, because I was looking forward to seeing how he performed in Manchester on a bouncy wicket and seeing how quickly he could adapt back into being a Test bowler.

"But that's the way the cookie crumbles."

Flower added: "He has had a really positive effect on the England cricket side. He is also a great man to have around. He has a good sense of humour and is well-loved in the side."



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England beat Bangladesh at Lord's
31 May 10 |  England
England v Bangladesh photos
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