Wednesday Wickets #003

Sibley Stays at Home

Discarded England Test opener Dom Sibley has withdrawn from the England Lions squad to work on his technique at home. I can’t say that I’m convinced this is a good decision!

Sibley’s place has been taken by Yorkshire’s Big Bash bound Harry Brook. It’s not inconceivable that injury/COVID etc could result in England needing to call upon the Lions. If England suddenly suffer a couple of injuries/absences come the third of fourth Test and needed a batsman, even if it was in the middle order, Sibley’s experience could count for something. Wouldn’t he rather be there just incase?

Sibley has trod his own path before by leaving Surrey to join Warwickshire. It helped earn him international recognition. The problem for Sibley is that he won England honours by stoically scoring hundred after hundred. Despite striking a couple of Test tons, he’s since stumbled on the biggest stage, struggling for scoring shots. So for Sibley, it’s not simply about scoring runs at domestic level but how he scores them. He has to show that he can score, not just defend and leave because if that’s all you do, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve occupied the crease, when you get out… you won’t have many runs to your name!

Did Sibley speak to the England management prior to confirming this decision? I don’t know but despite the original Lions call up, a full England recall now seems a long way off!

Duckett Down Under

Another discarded England opener is Ben Duckett. Despite averaging 41.00 in ODI cricket (From three matches!) and being part of the squad this summer, he hasn’t made the Lions squad to tour Australia this/next month.

Duckett has hooked up with Brisbane Heat for the upcoming Big Bash. The left-hander can tick off England, Pakistan and South Africa as countries where he’s represented T20 teams and will soon add Australia. He’s also featured in the Abu Dhabi T10. I still believe that there’s a Test cricketer in Duckett. Haseeb Hameed has come back into the fold and I believe that Duckett can too. In a parallel universe, they’d have been England’s contrasting right/left-hand defending/attacking opening duo for the last few years. As it is, Hameed is back at the top of the order (At the expense of Sibley) while Duckett can now usually be found in Nottinghamshire’s middle order.

Duckett has it in him to be England’s David Warner. I mean peak David Warner not recent David Warner! He can score quickly, put runs on the board and set up a result. Aged 27, it’s to be hoped that Duckett can earn another chance in England colours, regardless of the colour of the shirt or ball!

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