Dom Sibley scored 133 before England declared on 391 for eight in their second innings against South Africa at Newlands on Monday.
The 24-year old became just the tenth English batsman to carry his bat through an innings. The impressive feat perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. His profile on the popular cricket website Cricinfo, describes him as an “old-fashioned opener with the appetite to bat all day”.
Sibley is the first Englishman to do so since former captain Alastair Cook back in 2017 and the first of any Test player to do so since December 2018. Tom Latham was the last to do so when New Zealand played Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve.
Australia has had the most occasions of players carrying their bats with a total of 13. South Africa have had eight, four of those since readmission. But the Proteas do have a notable record in these stakes.
Of all the Test-playing nations, only a handful of players have achieved the feat more than once.
Bill Lawry and Bill Woodfull, both Aussies, did it twice along with Glenn Turner (New Zealand) and Len Hutton (England). Just three players have done so thrice. The West Indies stalwart Desmond Haynes is one. South Africa’s Dean Elgar is the other. Gary Kirsten is the only other South African Test batsman to achieve the feat since readmission.
Most players have achieved the feat on home turf (33) whole the other 24 came away from home.
South Africa lead the four-match series 1-0, after beating England in the opening Test which started on Boxing Day at Centurion.
England put in a somewhat underwhelming batting performance in the first innings of the Test currently underway. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, they managed a paltry 269. But the Proteas weren’t much better, scoring just 223 in response.
However, the visitors composed themselves in the second innings and piled on 391-8, meaning South Africa will have to score 438 runs to win – or avoid being bowled out to draw.
This article was initially published at extratime.media