England opener Dom Sibley was critcised for his slow scoring rate against the West Indies at Old Trafford. Dom Sibley notched up his century in 312-ball, which one of the slowest in the history of Test cricket. Following his knock social media was divided as Sibley drew plenty of flak and appreciation for his patient innings.
“It was great to contribute to another win” Sibley said. “Stokesy is batting on a different level to anyone else at the moment. It is brilliant batting with him and I just did my job.
“We talked as the partnership went along and agreed that it was important to play the way we did, especially at first when we had lost some early wickets and the ball was doing a bit.
“It was a bit strange without spectators and, of course, you miss the crowd and having all the England fans getting behind you, but when you are out there batting you are concentrating on your job so don’t notice it so much. It’s when you are fielding that you notice it more, with not having the Barmy Army making noise
“But it was fantastic to be part of that last day when we closed out the win. It is going okay for me at the moment but I’ve still only played eight Tests so haven’t really achieved anything yet. I need to keep scoring runs and contributing to the team and hopefully more wins.
“It was a great win and gives us some good momentum which hopefully we can build on it in the last Test and clinch the series.”
The patience knock saw him hit his first boundary on the off side in the 91st ball that he faced. He notched up his half-century in 164 balls to put the West Indies bowlers on the backfoot.
Sibley is still in the initial days of his Test career but it looks like he has cemented his place in the top order.