Angus Fraser, The Independent
Vaughan back at helm as Sidebottom gets shock call. Owais Shah, following two low scores at Lord’s, makes way for Vaughan while James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom will contest the place left by Hoggard. Anderson is expected to play but Sidebottom deserves a chance to compete for a second Test cap. Sidebottom, the son of Arnie, the former Yorkshire and England bowler, is an aggressive left-arm seamer. He made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2001 and travelled with the one-day side to Zimbabwe later that year, but has not played international cricket since. During this period Sidebottom has become one of the most consistent English fast bowlers in county cricket, taking 221 wickets for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire at an average of 25.26.

Richard Hobson, The Times
England not only looked outside their development squad but also beyond the scope of most radars by recalling Ryan Sidebottom yesterday after a six-year absence. Thus the call to Sidebottom, 29, whose economy rate of 2.39 runs per over this season may be considered at least as important as his 15 wickets at an average of 25.60. Never mind his left-handedness, Sidebottom will add variety to the attack simply with his command of line and length. As well as his natural slant, Sidebottom can move the ball away from the right-hander off the pitch and it is surprising, given the time spent by Graveney and Geoff Miller, a fellow selector, at county grounds that he has never been chosen for the academy.

Mike Selvey, The Guardian
Ryan Sidebottom, the left-arm pace bowler who appeared to have been consigned to the file marked “one Test wonders”, has been recalled by England after six years. He is in the squad of 13 for the second Test against West Indies amid a crisis of fitness and form that sees Matthew Hoggard definitely and Andrew Flintoff possibly missing the game through injury.

Rob Lancaster, Sky Sports
England have sprung a surprise by naming Ryan Sidebottom in their squad for the second Test against West Indies at Headingley, which starts on Friday. He has got the nod ahead of Durham’s Graham Onions and will now battle it out with James Anderson to take Hoggard’s place in the starting XI.

BBC News Online
Ryan Sidebottom has been backed to do a good job for England if he plays in the second Test against West Indies, which starts at Headingley on Friday…The 29-year-old was the surprise name in a 13-man squad, six years after he won his sole cap against Pakistan. Sidebottom has been a consistent wicket-taker for Notts since joining the club from Yorkshire in 2004 and has been called up to replace injured Matthew Hoggard.

Daily Telegraph
England call for Sidebottom. Captain Michael Vaughan and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff have been named in the England squad, which also includes Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom, for the second Test against West Indies at Headingley.

Daily Mail
England sprang a surprise by picking Ryan Sidebottom in their squad for the second npower Test, both for his ability to swing the ball and provide much needed control to a misfiring pace attack. Sidebottom, a Yorkshireman now in his fourth season at Nottinghamshire, is a much improved bowler than when he failed to take a wicket in his solitary Test appearance against Pakistan at Lord’s six years ago. He is also back on the England scene at 29 ahead of Durham’s Graham Onions because he has intimate knowledge of the vagaries of Headingley and he offers the variety of bringing a left-armer to the attack.


John Etheridge & David Kidd, The Sun
Hairzat! Ryan to scalp Windies. Ryan Sidebottom, the man with the biggest hair in cricket, has been handed a shock recall by England. The left-arm swinger is thrust into the squad for Friday’s npower Second Test at Headingley due to a quick-bowling crisis. His curly ginger hair is so long that he struggles to fit his batting helmet over his head. His selection is further proof that new coach Peter Moores is prepared to look outside the England regulars.