[caption id="attachment_579310" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-579310" alt="Ryan Sidebottom played 22 Tests, 25 ODIs and 18 T20Is for England Getty Images" src="http://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ryan-sidebottom.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Ryan Sidebottom played 22 Tests, 25 ODIs and 18 T20Is for England Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former England paceman <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Ryan-Sidebottom" target="_blank">Ryan Sidebottom</a> is to retire from professional cricket at the end of the 2017 county season, he announced Wednesday. The 39-year-old's 20-year career has spanned three decades and saw him help <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England" target="_blank">England</a> win the 2010 World Twenty20 -- still the only occasion where England have lifted a major International Cricket Council limited-overs trophy. <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Yorkshire" target="_blank">Yorkshire</a> left-arm quick Sidebottom plans to focus on cricket academies he has established in Leeds and York once he is retired. <p></p> <p></p>Sidebottom told BBC Radio Five on Wednesday that announcing his retirement to his Yorkshire team-mates had proved more difficult than he expected. "I set myself to speak to the boys (on Tuesday). I had my speech ready -- it totally went out of the window and I just started welling up and blubbering my eyes out," Sidebottom said. "I totally forgot what I was going to say so all these young lads were standing there thinking, 'What's this old bloke doing?'" <p></p> <p></p>He added: "It's very poignant. I've had lots of lovely messages this morning wishing me all the best. You think you can carry on forever, but I think it's the right time, to finish at the end of my 20-year career. I feel very honoured and privileged." <p></p> <p></p>Sidebottom made his England Test debut against <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Pakistan" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> in 2001 and took 79 wickets in 22 matches at an average of 28.24. He also appeared in 25 one-day internationals and finished with a bowling average of 19.00 from 18 international T20 matches. <p></p> <p></p>His career has seen Sidebottom take over 1,000 wickets in all competitions and he also been one of the most successful players in the recent history of England's first-class County Championship with five titles to his credit after wins with Yorkshire in 2001, 2014 and 2015 and Nottinghamshire in 2005 and 2010. <p></p> <p></p>Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon praised Sidebottom's longevity in the game. "He's been a fantastic servant to Yorkshire, Notts and England over the years -- 20 years as a fast bowler is a remarkable achievement," said Moxon, himself a former Yorkshire and England batsman.