Sidebottom still going strong

Sidebottom is 37 on Thursday and three more years in the county game would see him reach 20 as a professional, most of them spent at Headingley.

He also begins the 2015 season in April with two personal milestones in sight – 700 wickets in first-class cricket and 1,000 in all forms of the game.

???I???m still enjoying the training and the games, and I want to carry on playing for as long as possible,??? Sidebottom told the Northern Echo.

???In an ideal world, I would love to do 20 years in county cricket, I really would. To do that, 20 years as a professional, it would be an unbelievable achievement. That would be another three years, to 2017.

???That would be nice, but I can???t realistically look that far ahead. I???ve just got to take one year at a time and see how the body is, how I???m bowling and how I???m contributing to the team.

???Being a senior player, I want to be helping the young lads as well as taking wickets. That???s my job.???

Sidebottom, who starred in Yorkshire’s Championship-sealing win over his former employers Nottinghamshire in September, has taken 663 first-class wickets and 954 overall but he says landmarks are becoming increasingly difficult to concentrate on.

???You don???t really look at milestones,??? he added. ???If I do it, great, I???d be chuffed to bits. 1,000 wickets professionally and 700 first-class would be a nice achievement. It would be better to do that in a winning team, though.

???I must admit, I???d like to get 800 before I finish, putting myself up there with Darren Gough and people like that. But enjoying my cricket is most important. If I do that, the wickets and milestones will come naturally.

???To start well and contribute to the team is what we???ll need if we???re going to be missing a few players early on due to the international stuff.???

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