ENG vs WI: Dom Sibley becomes first centurion after the resumption of international cricket

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ENG vs WI: Dom Sibley becomes first centurion after the resumption of international cricket
Dom Sibley scores his second Test century (image Source: Twitter)

The international cricket returned in style after England and West Indies played the first Test in Southampton post coronavirus outbreak. The visitors ended up winning the match by four wickets. However, no centurion emerged from the Ageas Bowl Test. But the story changed in the ongoing second Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

England opening batsman Dom Sibley became the first cricketer to score a century in Test cricket since the COVID-19 impact which stopped all the cricketing action. On Day 2 of the second Test, Sibley began the proceedings with an overnight score of 59 runs along with Ben Stokes (59).

West Indies bowlers, who looked completely out of touch in the second and third session on Day 1, continued their poor run on Day 2 as well. Although, there were some movements but the lack of consistency shown by the pacers couldn’t really put pressure on either Stokes or Sibley.

During the 106th over of England’s innings, Sibley sent the second ball of Alzarri Joseph’s over into mid-on and ran three runs to register his second Test hundred. Also, Sibley scored just four boundaries during his century. The last English batsman to make a ton with fewer boundaries was Graham Thorpe who did it against Pakistan back in 2000 with just one four.

Sibley played proper old-school cricket. It was indeed an innings which was full of concentration and determination. As soon as Sibley raised his bat in joy, the entire England team was seen on the balcony to applaud a special knock. Stokes too came over to congratulate him.

Here is the video:

Not just the teammates, the cricketing fraternity too showered praiseworthy comments for the Surrey cricketer for his extraordinary effort.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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