Ryan Sidebottom has warned the rest of the County Championship that he hopes to play on for another two or three years yet.
Yorkshire’s ageless seam bowler put the finishing touches on a championship campaign built on youthful energy with a stunning spell of bowling that accounted for Nottinghamshire.
Sidebottom took 4-6 in 7.2 overs yesterday morning to complete a second-innings total of 6-30, his second best of the Championship season.
And despite turning 37 this coming January, he wants to continue helping Yorkshire win more trophies as he heads towards 40.
“I’ll take stock this winter, have a look at how my fitness and the training goes,” said the former England bowler. “I’d like to do two or three more years if I can. There’s no reason why I can’t.
“If the body is feeling good, and these young lads certainly keep me young, then there’s no reason why I can’t do a couple more years.
“It’s a very exciting time for the club, there’s a lot of young players wanting to win things, and a lot of good young international players as well, which is great.
“Myself still being competitive is down to the backroom staff; I get looked after really well.
“Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) and Martyn (Moxon) give me days off when the other guys are training, and the strength and conditioning guys and physios are great.
“When you get looked after like that you want to go out and perform and take wickets for the club.”
The Championship title is the fourth of Sidebottom’s career, and second with Yorkshire, as he is the only member of the squad who played a part in the county’s last triumph 13 years ago. He also won two titles in a seven-year spell with Nottinghamshire.
“They’re all as sweet as each other,” he said of his county championships.
“I think as you get older you probably cherish them a lot more, but they’re all really special.
“All four were wonderful team efforts that won it; it wasn’t just about the players it was the whole squad, and the camaraderie this season has been wonderful.”