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Ryan Sidebottom

Ryan Sidebottom returns to England colours yesterday. He is eager to deny Australia success in the shorter form

Ryan Sidebottom is intent on sending Australia home empty-handed this summer - his own consolation for missing out on Ashes glory.

Sidebottom did not feature in the Test series success, despite being named in the squad for the final two matches at Headingley Carnegie and the Brit Oval.

But after missing out on the jubilation of regaining the urn, he is now ready to cap a miserable few months for the tourists.

The Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer took the new ball in yesterday's washed-out Twenty20 international at Old Trafford and is likely to figure prominently in the remainder of the limited-overs series.

That continues tomorrow with a second Twenty20 in Manchester, followed by seven one-day internationals.

While a handful of the Test side have already finished their international summer, Sidebottom insists the one-day squad have an important job to do to ensure Australia do not end the tour with a consolation victory.

"I think we are going places as a team but we make no bones about the fact we've got a lot of improvement to do as a team, especially in one-day cricket," he said.

"We're pretty close as a team, so we hope we can get out there and do well again.

“It would be an ideal situation to beat Australia in all forms of the game and send them home not winning everything. There is a great determination in the team to do that.

"I think there are a lot of traditionalists, and everybody wants to watch Test cricket. But I think all forms are important.

England Ashes

England - minus Sidebottom - enjoy their Ashes triumph.
"I would have loved to have been part of it," he admitted

“England want to be number one in all areas of the game - Twenty20 and one-dayers included - and when we achieve that that it will be great and it will be talked about a lot more, rather than just in the Test side.”

Sidebottom feels the baton passing to the limited-overs players to keep Australia down.

"We're the ones with the responsibility of going out there and putting on a performance," he added. "Obviously we know Australia are very strong and are a good side, but we've got some good players."

Despite his focus on the contest at hand, Sidebottom does concede to casting envious glances at the players who were part of the Test success.

The 31-year-old said: "I still feel part of the team. I've been in and around the squad set-up for the last three years, but from a jealous point of view, I would have loved to have been a part of the Ashes.

"I wasn't, and you have to get on with it. But I've got some great mates in the dressing room and I'm happy for them. They've done fantastically well, so it was pleasing to see.

"Obviously, being at home sitting watching games with England winning and bowlers performing well has been really tough, really frustrating.

"So it's not been easy, and very frustrating at times, but just to come back and be fit and well and to be in and around the squad has been good. I'm pleased to be back."

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