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Ryan Sidebottom

Ryan Sidebottom

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One of the most instantly recognisable personalities in cricket, Ryan Sidebottom was an England international bowler that represented his country in Test matches and ODIs. His huge hair and flamboyant bowling style made Ryan a star within the sport, but he had substance as well as style and took over 700 first-class wickets in a career that spanned two decades.

These days, Ryan can be found working as one of the most popular cricket speakers around. Seamlessly transitioning from the pitch to the stage, his natural charm and quick wit combined with fascinating anecdotes from his cricket career make him a hit with audiences everywhere.

Beginning his career with local side Yorkshire in 1997, he won the NBC Denis Compton Award for most promising young player two years running. His potential was soon turning into regular wickets, and in 2000 he finished the year as the best English bowler in the domestic game. To the surprise of no one, Ryan received his first England call-up in May 2001 in a Test match against Pakistan. As one of the most captivating cricket speakers around, he’s able to discuss what it was like representing his country at such a high level.

Unfortunately for Ryan, his time in the England camp initially did not last very long. It took six years for him to receive another call-up, and could have been forgiven for thinking his moment had gone. But, now playing Nottinghamshire, he continued his solid domestic form and was recalled for a Test match against the West Indies in 2007. At his speaking events, he can discuss how he coped with the initial setback of losing his England place, and how he continued to perform at a high level to regain it.

In total, he played 22 Test matches and 25 ODIs for England and ended his career back at former side Yorkshire in 2017.

Since hanging up his cricket whites, Ryan has remained active in the game and joined Surrey as a bowling consultant in 2018 as well as running his own cricket academy and foundation. Plus his larger than life personality and wonderful sense of humour has seen him become a popular television personality. This includes appearing as a contestant on Dancing on Ice in 2019.

Ryan Sidebottom is also one of the leading cricket after-dinner speakers in the industry. He can regularly be found delighting audiences up and down the country with a whole host of fascinating anecdotes from his career in the sport. To find out more about how to book Ryan, contact Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Coaching
  • Cricket
  • TV

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