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RYAN SIDEBOTTOM today announced his intention to bring what will be a 20-year playing career to an end at the end of the 2017 season.

Sidebottom will head into his final campaign with more than 1,000 career wickets to his name and five County Championship titles, after wins with Yorkshire in 2001, 2014 and 2015 and Nottinghamshire in 2005 and 2010.

Upon retirement he will focus on his cricket academies in York and Leeds, as well as helping under-privileged children in Yorkshire play the sport through his own foundation.

“There’s a tear in my eye whenever I think about not playing professional cricket again - a game that’s given me so much over the years But it’s the right time and I want to go out on a high, rather than fade away as that’s just not the sort of guy I am,” said Sidebottom.

“I’ve always tried to play with a smile on my face and give 110 per cent because I absolutely love this sport. It’s been an honour to represent my home county, Yorkshire, play for my country and help make history at Nottinghamshire. I couldn’t have asked for better team-mates and they’ve helped me become the cricketer I am today.”

Graphic: Graeme Bandeira.

Graphic: Graeme Bandeira.

Ryan Sidebottom pictured with his wife Kate, at Headingley on Wednesday. Picture by Simon Hulme

Ryan Sidebottom pictured with his wife Kate, at Headingley on Wednesday. Picture by Simon Hulme

Ryan Sidebottom celebrates the wicket of Somerset's Marcus Trescothick last season.

Ryan Sidebottom celebrates the wicket of Somerset's Marcus Trescothick last season.

Yorkshire's Steve Patterson thanks the fans after his unbeaten 44 helped secure victory over Warwickshire. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

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