England opener Dom Sibley has done decently in his 10-Test old career so far. Since the retirement of Andrew Strauss and then Alastair Cook, every player that has debuted as England opener has faced severe pressure to perform. In that regard, the right-handed batsman has managed to do well so far.
Out of the 10 Tests, he has played 2 in New Zealand and 4 in South Africa. After struggling in New Zealand, he proved his worth in South Africa as helped his side win the series. He scored his maiden Test century in the Cape Town Test which also helped him retain his spot in the team.
Since his debut in November, only Ben Stokes and Joe Root have been more prolific than him. Dom Sibley is now on course to finish England’s ongoing season as the highest-run scorer. In the three-match series against West Indies, he scored a century and two fifties as England won the series 2-1.
As things stand, he is second only to Ben Stokes in the run-scoring charts in the ongoing home summer. With the allrounder set to miss the final two Tests against Pakistan, Dom Sibley has every chance to finish the season as the highest run-scorer.
‘I’ve got a lot more to give’:
Despite doing well in his 10 Tests so far, Dom Sibley has insisted he could have done better. The England opener said he should have managed to score four or five more centuries. So far, he has scored two tons.
“If you said after 10 Test matches you’d be averaging 40 and two Test hundreds, I’d be pleased. But at the same time I do feel that I’ve got a lot more to give. I’ve only shown myself to a certain level.
“I’ve let opportunities slip to score four or five hundreds. That might sound unrealistic, but that’s the way I think,” Dom Sibley said in a press conference ahead of the second Test against Pakistan.
He further said that he was feeling “more comfortable” in the middle after every passing day and would like to back himself against “some amazing” bowlers he has faced in short career. The England added that his opening partner Rory Burns was also “greedy” to score and a competition of scoring more hundreds between them will ultimately help the England team.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable every time I go out to bat. There are some amazing bowlers out there, but I’ll always back myself.”
“Burnsy would say the same as me. Knowing his character is similar to me, he’d be greedy and say he’d like a few more hundreds.
“That’s something that’s good for us and can drive us forward, having that competition of who scores more hundreds.
“I’m good friends with him and played with him a lot, and hopefully we can play a lot more games together for England,” Dom Sibley said.