Whoever would have thought, back in 2001, when he made his Test debut despite there being 4, 5, even 6, better seam-bowlers at his own county, that he'd one day be (maybe) on the road to becoming the country's leading seam-bowler?
I certainly wouldn't have.
Yet if he can replicate the success of his most recent Test season and ODI series (or at least the last 4 games), that'll be exactly what he'll have done.
And yet at one time there were Goughs, Silverwoods, Hamiltons, Whites, Hoggards, even Hutchisons, who were superior bowlers. Amazing to look at the contrasting fates if Sidebottom does indeed manage to become the next Angus Fraser.