DOM SIBLEY spent eight-and-a-half hours making his first Test century and the England opener is treating his epic innings as the culmination of a ten-year journey.
Sibley resumed on 85 on day four of the second Test in Cape Town and walked off the field as a centurion, with 133 not out in the tourists’ 391 for eight declared.
It could yet prove a key contribution to the 24-year-old’s first victory on the big stage but England will need to get eight more wickets on the final day to square the series.
South Africa moved to 126 for two after 56 overs but whatever unfolds, Sibley can take pride in his efforts.
‘The moment I saw the ball go for four is what I’ve been working towards since I was maybe 13 or 14,’ he said.
‘You dream of that moment and it was even better. Hopefully there’s a few more of them over the next few years. I had slept terribly. I was up at 2am, watching TV and just thinking about the next 15 runs.
‘But it feels amazing right now and I’m glad that I got over the line.
‘It seems like a bit of a blur now but I certainly enjoyed it at the time.’