Dominic Sibley, the Surrey schoolboy who broke multiple records with a double century on Thursday, finally saw his magnificent innings brought to an end on Friday.
Sibley, the youngest Englishman since the legendary W.G. Grace to score a first-class double hundred, eventually departed for 242, having spent 599 minutes at the crease.
Speaking during a break in his stunning knock on Thursday evening, the 18-year-old immediately announced his England intentions, per Sam Drury of Sky Sports:
I want to play for England. That's most cricketers' aspiration.
This winter we've got the U19 World Cup, and I'd love to go to that and hopefully win that—I don't think we've won it in a while. That's short term, I'd love to do that.
[To score a century for England at the Oval] would be great, that's what dreams are made of. At the moment I'd just like to play for England, and if I scored a hundred, that would be great as well.
Sibley eventually fell to a Ryan Sidebottom delivery that disturbed his castle on Friday morning, leaving Surrey on 596 for 5. They eventually declared on 634 for 5.
In total, Sibley faced 536 balls and hit 26 boundaries. Twice he cleared the rope, as confidence oozed from his game with every passing minute.
The teenager even outclassed the man he calls the “the best player in the world” in Hashim Amla, who scored 151 before also falling to Sidebottom.
Sibley will now face a large dose of reality as his mind returns to school matters, where he is still to complete A-levels in geography, English and PE, per Alex Winter of Cricinfo.
Winter reports that the youngster was actually granted exemption for the final three games of the season.
There were two eye-catching character traits that stood out above all others during Sibley’s knock, the first of which was his desire to stick around and make a big score.
England’s current side have been accused of lacking such concentration levels. Of five centuries in the recent Ashes series, only Joe Root went beyond 150.
The other impressive side of Sibley’s innings was his focus when attempting to reach the century. Winter reports that it took 98 deliveries to progress from 81 to three figures, as Yorkshire put everybody around the bat.
If the youngster can retain such determination and stubbornness throughout his career, England will surely be a dream he soon realises.
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