Sidebottom is a product of the Yorkshire fast bowling academy which also produced fellow England internationals Matthew Hoggard and Chris Silverwood.
The left-arm seamer made his debut for his home county in 1997 and was capped in 2000 when he was the leading English bowler and second overall in the first-class averages.
He was the leading wicket-taker on the England A tour of the Caribbean the following winter, and in the summer of 2001 he was handed his Test debut against Pakistan.
That saw him become only the 10th player to follow in his father’s footsteps by playing Test cricket for England, with Arnie Sidebottom having also represented Yorkshire and his country - as well as playing football for Manchester United and Huddersfield Town.
He helped Yorkshire win the County Championship in 2001 but left the club by mutual consent at the end of the 2003 season and, after also holding talks with Durham and Hampshire, decided to join Nottinghamshire on a three-year deal.
An integral part of Nottinghamshire gaining the County Championship title in 2005, Sidebottom ended the season with 50 first-class wickets.
He won a recall to the England squad for the second Test against West Indies in 2007 after a six-year absence, having taken 13 wickets at an average of 26 in the first four games of the season.
He was rewarded for an excellent summer with a 12-month central contract, and excelled on the 2007-08 tour of New Zealand with 24 wickets in three Tests.
His haul of 53 victims at an average of 25 since his recall saw him named Vodafone England Player of the Year at an awards ceremony ahead of the home Test series against New Zealand in 2008.
Injuries stunted his progress somewhat thereafter, yet he remained a part of England’s plans and was handed a benefit season by Notts in 2010.
After gaining a surprise recall for the final Test in South Africa that year, he went on to help England to World Twenty20 glory in the Caribbean, although that was the limit of his international involvement that summer.
He announced he would be leaving Notts at the end of the season after failing to secure the three-year contract he wanted.
Sidebottom subsequently helped Notts secure their second championship Division One title in five years and, somewhat surprisingly, ended his international career before returning to Yorkshire on a three-year deal.