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Sibley, Mahmood set to play in Ashes
Oct 18, 2021, 3:32:00 AM

Sibley, Mahmood set to play in Ashes

Both Dom Sibley and Saqib Mahmood were named in England’s squad for the Ashes this winter. The England Cricket Board has taken its time in mulling their options before they came up with the call to put both Dom and Saqib into the roster.

The ECB has named a 17-man team for the Three Lions’ tour of Australia this winter, and both Dom and Saqib are ready to roll in the coming games. They are set to bring a bigger boost to the team as the ECB trusts that their skills will help the team get a lot of wins in the tour.

Dom has two centuries along with five fifties to his name in 22 Tests. He was on a roll since his debut in November 2019 but was dropped two matches into the Test series versus India this summer after scoring low for about three to five games in a row.

At the age of 26, Dom has also received a lot of doubts on his technique and slow scoring rate. However, this move by the ECB means that they trust him to help Joe Root’s squad this winter. That also backs up England head coach Chris Silverwood’s comments about Dom’s future in international cricket.

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Saqib, on the other hand, is uncapped at Test level but he was part of the squad that fought against India in their recent series. He was also notable for his white-ball cricket run for England last summer and had a good run in his games for Lancashire.

The fast bowler is also one of the next players in line should any one of England’s seamers go down. With Jofra Archer and Olly Stone out, England will need to rely on Saqib’s consistent touch of 90 mph in bowling. He only needs to prove his fitness after a side injury that led him to miss the final weeks of the county season.

The duo should be a big help for England’s quest to win in the Ashes. The team has struggled to win in the competition. The last time England has won the series was in 2015. Australia then won the 2017-18 edition and then drew the latest one in 2019 at England.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA