Dom Sibley is an opening batsman who currently represents Surrey, having returned to the capital following a successful spell with Warwickshire.
Dom broke into the Surrey team in 2013, after coming through Whitgift School. While still a student, and in just his third first-class game, Sibley made history. Dom batted for over nine and a half hours, and faced 512 balls, scoring 242 against Yorkshire at The Oval. This made him the second-youngest Englishman to score a first class double hundred, following a certain WG Grace.
Gaining experience in a rapidly improving Surrey side, 2016 provided Sibley with more chance to consolidate himself in a first team. Dom’s List A debut came early in his career, but his T20 debut for Surrey also arrived in 2016. The more expansive side of his game came to the fore, as he topped the T20 average for Surrey in the Blast.
In 2017, having rejected a 3-year contract to stay at The Oval, Sibley moved to Edgbaston. A golden September, in his first full season with the bears, consisted of three centuries in three weeks. The scintillating form continued in 2019 with three more hundreds to start the year. This placed Dom in esteemed company, having scored six centuries in six games, amongst the likes of Lara, Bradman and Compton.
This took the fancy of the England selectors, and a lions call-up quickly followed. Sibley backed up this selection with a stunning summer for Warwickshire, making more runs than anyone else with 1324. Five centuries, five half centuries and an average of 69.68 provided the platform for the next step to follow.
A test call up followed, for England’s away tour to New Zealand in the winter of 2019. Sibley’s debut came at Mount Maunganui and after a quiet start in NZ, his first big impact came at Cape Town in January 2020. His maiden test century, an unbeaten 133, led England to victory.
Sibley stayed in the England side over the bio-secure Covid era with series wins against the West Indies and Pakistan in 2020. Notable performances included his 2nd century against the West Indies, and a gutsy 87 against India at Chennai.
Away from the test side, Dom achieved plenty at Edgbaston – including a special County Championship victory, wrapped up on the final day of the season. The 2022 season provided some bright moments with centuries both in the Championship and the RL One Day Cup.
In June 2022, it was announced that after five successful years in Birmingham, Sibley was going home. Dom returns to The Oval in 2023 with plenty more runs ahead of him, in all forms of cricket.
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