Dominic Sibley knows plenty about cricket’s mercurial fortunes.
The day the England opener learned he was one of Wisden Almanack’s Cricketers of the Year, he fractured a finger fielding at slip in Warwickshire’s second county fixture of the summer – hardly ideal timing after a trying tour of India with Joe Root’s Test side.
“Some rollercoaster of a day,” he reflects.
“Though I was really, really, really pleased to get that – such a lovely accolade. My dad was too, he loves his Almanack.”
The emphasis on the coveted award’s meaning will strike a chord with those who have come to admire Sibley’s durability and resolve at the top of England’s order.
And, once fit, the 25-year-old will have an added incentive to make every run count in 2021.
Alongside Test team-mate Zak Crawley and England women’s captain Heather Knight, he is among 40 professional cricketers signed up across 15…