It’s day five of the second Test and England needs eight wickets to beat South Africa in Cape Town. Dom Sibley made 133 not out his first ton in Test cricket and the first England opener to do so at New lands since Jack Hobbs in 1910.

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Ben Stokes hit an impressive 72 to help put England in a firm position for a final day push for victory. Ahead of day four, Sibley who played a big part the previous day was praised by Gareth Batty, a member of the commentary team. Having scored for fun at the county level, he said it was brilliant seeing him do it on the big stage.

Listen to Day five in Cape Town as Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes put tourists in a good position
Listen to Day five in Cape Town as Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes put tourists in a good position

Ahead of day four, Sibley who played a big part the previous day was praised by Gareth Batty, a member of the commentary team. Having scored for fun at the county level, he said it was brilliant seeing him do it on the big stage.

“He, with Joe Root, has put England in a wonderful position,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to him a few times and he was feeling pressure because he’s used to scoring runs. He has the game for international cricket 100 percent.”

Dom Sibley’s Knock:

Sibley looked very calm and collected in the second Test at Cape Town on Monday. Sibley also demonstrates he can bat in a different approach, that he can play the situation. We can’t complain England has lost the ability to bat long, and then call it boring.

It is an English peculiarity to focus on what a player is not fairly so good at, but after his maiden Test century, it is best to contemplate on what Dom Sibley can do very well.

The longer he batted here in the second Test, the latter he played the ball, letting it come right to him and playing it under his nose. Sibley looked very composed.

From time to time, because we talk daily about Test cricket, there can be a propensity to make decisions about players too soon.

Think back, for instance, to when Steve Smith emerged and people were calling him a bit of a clown. But just look at the way he changed and adapted and became a run machine. Sibley is no Steve Smith, but he knows his game and proved here that he can bat long at this level.

Listen to Day five in Cape Town as Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes put tourists in a good position
Listen to Day five in Cape Town as Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes put tourists in a good position

Stokes was the ideal foil for Sibley on Monday because there was a declaration to be set up and England did not want him slow towards his milestone.

With Ben Stokes playing aggressively, it enabled Sibley to sit there and get the 15 runs he needed overnight.

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