England opening batsman Dom Sibley remains to be cautious of Pakistan’s bowlers heading into the second Test at Southampton on Thursday. The hosts lead the three-match sequence 1-Zero after a three-wicket victory within the first Test at Old Trafford final week. It was a troublesome match for Sibley, nonetheless, with the Warwickshire right-hander lbw to correct seamer Mohammad Abbas for eight within the first innings and caught at slip for 36 off leg-spinner Yasir Shah within the second as England ultimately chased down a stiff goal of 277.
With Pakistan’s line-up once more set to characteristic left-arm fast Shaheen Afridi and teenage quick bowler Naseem Shah, Sibley expects to have his work lower out once more within the second Test.
“They are a very good attack — they have got a bit of everything,” Sibley advised reporters on Tuesday.
“Abbas is very accurate, they have left-arm angle (Afridi) and the youngster (Naseem) who has some pace and bowled really well last week and a world-class spinner (Yasir).”
“It is a very good attack but we have had a look and now we need to adapt and prepare for Thursday.”
“More to give”
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old Sibley mentioned he remained “greedy” for “more big runs” having made two lots of in his first 10 Tests.
“If you said to me after 10 Test matches you’d be averaging 40 and have two hundreds I’d have been pleased.
“But on the identical do I do really feel I’ve obtained much more to offer. I do really feel like I’ve let alternatives slip to attain possibly 4 or 5 lots of.
“I know that might sound greedy, and unrealistic, but that is the way I am thinking.”
Sibley added: “There are periods where bowlers bowl at you and think, ‘I’m not sure how I am going to score big runs against this guy’, but it’s just a case of getting through that and people always say batting does get easier.
“I’m beginning to really feel extra comfy after I exit to bat, there are some superb bowlers however I all the time exit to again myself.”
England will be without Ben Stokes for the remainder of the series after the star all-rounder left the camp for personal reasons to head to New Zealand, where his father is recovering from a serious illness.
“He is an enormous a part of our group and he is likely one of the greatest gamers on this planet, however clearly household comes first and we will likely be supporting him with all the things that is happening,” Sibley said.
“We should make do in his absence, folks should step up.”
Sibley had previously said it was the example of Stokes and Jos Buttler that had encouraged him to lose some 12 kilogrammes during lockdown.
Although he ran out Asad Shafiq with a direct hit during Pakistan’s second innings, Sibley refused to attribute the dismissal to his new slimline build — which he said he was still working on.
“I’ve obtained to look at what I eat and ensure I get within the fitness center a bit bit,” Sibley explained.
“For instance if I hit a low rating, I’ll try to get one thing performed in order that I do not sit round and have tea and biscuits all day watching the opposite boys get runs,” he added.
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