Originally Posted by D/L
Also a victim of the policy of identifying players for special treatment and sticking with them as the future "core of the team" in the face of poor performance.
None of those were core for very long though. I also don't think that Sidebottom was hammering the door down at that stage of his career. I remember seeing him at Notts and thinking he was a class above your standard county level but one below international class. Turned out to be an accurate assessment, certainly in tests and ODIs.