MANCHESTER-England opener Dom Sibley is just 10 Test matches old but he feels that he should have managed to score four or five more centuries for the Three Lions. The 24-year-old has reckoned that he has missed out on few opportunities to score big. 

Dom Sibley, who has 2 Test hundreds to his name till date, said that having a Test average of 40 (39.50) from 10 matches was good but it could have been a lot better. “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 virtual media conference, organised by the ECB. 

Sibley recently made headlines after completing his hundred of 312 balls against West Indies in the second Test of the recently-concluded 3-match series. Sibley’s hundred was slowest in Test cricket since November 2014 and it helped the hosts make a comeback against the visitors, who were leading the series after a comprehensive win in the first Test. The 24-year-old went on to slam a fifty in the decisive Test match of the series as well. 

The Surrey batsman added 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. Dom Sibley said 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.” 

“Burns 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,” Sibley asserted.

With Pakistan’s line-up again set to feature left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi and teenage fast bowler Naseem Shah, Sibley expects to have his work cut out again in the second Test. “They are a very good attack - they have got a bit of everything. “Abbas is very accurate, they have left-arm angle (Afridi) and the youngster (Naseem) who has some pace and bowled really well last week and a world-class spinner (Yasir). It is a very good attack but we have had a look and now we need to adapt and prepare for Thursday.” 

The opening batsman said that all-rounder Ben Stokes would be missed in the remaining two Test matches against Pakistan and players must step up in the absence of the 29-year-old to add balance to the team. “Stokes is a massive part of our team and one of the best players in the world but family comes first and we’re supporting him with everything that is going on. We’ll have to make do in his absence and people will have to step up. 

“Winning the last game was brilliant and the balance of that side was the way we had it for the West Indies series. I’m not sure (who will come in for Stokes), I just train hard and do my thing to score as many runs as possible,” he added.