England opener Dom Sibley on Tuesday said that he needs to switch his batting approach against the spinners and be more pro-active. The Warwickshire batsman also emphasized on rotating strike on regular intervals in order to score runs during the second Test against Pakistan.
The 24-year-old managed to score only 80 runs (44 & 36) in the first Test at Old Trafford. Yasir Shah cleaned him up in both the innings, proving to be more dominant force in the contest.
“I do feel, sitting here now, that I’ve got a lot more to give,” Sibley said on Tuesday.
“I’ve only sort of shown myself to a certain level at this stage, and I do feel like I’ve let opportunities slip to score maybe four or five hundreds. That might be sounding greedy and it might sound unrealistic but that’s the way I think.” he added.
Sibley smashed a century against West Indies during the second Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester and silenced all his critics in the series.
England won the series against West Indies and also lead the three-match Test series against Pakistan by 1-0. The side won the first Test against Pakistan by three wickets. The hosts were struggling at at 117/5, but the partnership between Ben Stokes (84 runs) and Chris Woakes (75 runs) helped the side chase 277 runs.
Sibley clearly struggled against spin adding to the frustration of the fans as well as the selectors. He needs to gear up and silence all the groans and mutters in the second Test starting from August 13.