Ryan Sidebottom can shine for Bushrangers this summer, says Cameron White

For the English readers amongst you, there will be one name that stands out when you look down the Victorian Bushrangers squad list for 2013/14. Ryan Sidebottom.

Hang on a minute, doesn’t he play for Yorkshire? Yes is the answer. Is it the same player? No is the answer. There are two Ryan Sidebottoms. So who is the Victorian Sidebottom and just what can he achieve?

A 24-year-old right-arm seamer raised in Tallygaroopna, a village near Shepparton, which is just under 200 km north east of Melbourne, he made the choice to concentrate on cricket only a few years ago having also excelled in Australian Rules football growing up.

His younger brother Steele is a professional player with AFL club Collingwood, and has a Premiership winners’ medallion to boot.

Ryan, who plays Melbourne grade cricket for Carlton, was offered a full contract by the Vics ahead of this season having debuted in the final Sheffield Shield game of last summer, taking one wicket against eventual champions Tasmania at Hobart in March.

He had taken 2-53 for a Victorian XI against the England Lions at the Junction Oval in St Kilda a month earlier.

And although he has missed out on a place in Victoria’s 12-man squad for Wednesday’s Shield opener against Western Australia at the ‘G’, he has been backed to shine this summer by team-mate Cameron White.

“He played the very last game for us last year, and he’s a young guy who showed a lot of promise,” White told World Cricket Badger. “Hopefully he can come in and do well if he gets an opportunity this year, which I’m sure he will. He’s a really good prospect and talent.

“Not that I’d be comparing him to this bowler, but he’s got a very Shaun Pollock-esque action. It’s very upright, seamy and comes into the right-hander. If you remember Shaun Pollock’s over the front foot kind of thing, that’s his action.

“He’s a medium fast bowler who has a lovely wrist and seam position. That’s the type of bowler he reminds me of. If he turns out half as good as Shaun, he’ll be very good.

“It was great for him to get a taste last year to find out what he needs to do to become a first-class cricketer. There are a few guys in front of him, but I’m sure he could do a good job if the opportunity presents.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
As the editor of World Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
He is also the presenter of the Cricket Badger Radio Show on Radio Yorkshire every Tuesday evening between 7-9pm UK time.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author, a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications and a complete cricket badger!

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