Dom Sibley staying at Warwickshire Bears for the long run
Dominant Dom Sibley hopes to be part of “an exciting time” for Warwickshire after penning a new three-year contract. Sibley topped the scoring charts in the 2019 County Championship with 1,324 runs, at an average of 69.68, as the Bears made a solid return to Division One.
And the 24-year-old reckons the future’s bright for the club after signing a deal that ties him to Edgbaston until at least the end of the 2022 season. “It’s an exciting time for the club and, with so many young exciting players in the squad, we’re going to keep improving and hopefully success and trophies are just around the corner,” Sibley said.
“It’s been a good, first few years at Edgbaston in many ways. I’ve settled well, relished the opportunities, made some firm friends and I’m really happy to be extending my commitment as a Bear.” Sibley, awarded his County Cap last week, turned down a three-year contract at Surrey before joining Warwickshire in August 2017 and has proven an inspired signing.
The Epsom-born batsman was prolific last season, accumulating five centuries en route to his chart-topping total, and also excelled in endurance as an opener who faced 1,009 more championship deliveries than anyone else, according to Wisden.
Bears’ sport director Paul Farbrace said: “Dom has had a fantastic year and we’re delighted he has reinforced his long-term commitment to our plan to build another team that can consistently challenge for silverware. He’s been the standout batsman in the 2019 County Championship and has proven he doesn’t just have the ability to score hundreds but dominating hundreds, with double centuries recorded earlier this year versus Kent and Nottinghamshire.”
Sibley formed productive opening pairing in championship
Alongside Will Rhodes, Sibley formed the most productive opening pairing in the championship with 1,103 runs. Sibley’s individual exploits at county level earned him a first England Test call-up for the tour to New Zealand, starting next month.
Farbrace added: “We’re thrilled Dom secured a place in England’s Test squad. It’s an excellent opportunity for him to cement a place in the team and to potentially enjoy a long career in the international game.”
Sibley opened the batting with Rory Burns on his second-team and first-team debuts at Surrey and could now be set to play alongside him on his international debut. “Hopefully – what you dream of is getting a Test cap for England,” Sibley said. “We’ll just have to see how we go out there. Hopefully, if the call comes, it will be with him and it will be good fun.
“Every opener, or anyone at the top of the order, at the start of the season would have been thinking, ‘if I score big runs I’ll be in with a chance’. That’s something I was thinking about over the winter and training hard for. I didn’t realise I would score this many, but I’m just pleased it has all come together .’’