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Giles suggests Sibley could make Test debut in New Zealand tour
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Giles suggests Sibley could make Test debut in New Zealand tour

Dominic Sibley is in line for a maiden call-up to England's Test side for the tour of New Zealand after earning exorbitant praise from Ashely Giles.

The 24-year-old's stellar form in the County Championship this season has been noticed by England's managing director of men's cricket Giles, who believes it would be difficult to overlook Sibley for the New Zealand Tests.

England's opening conundrum was a regular feature of the drawn Ashes series, where Jason Roy failed to replicate his white-ball form while Joe Denly was made a makeshift opener for the final two games.

With opener Rory Burns having cemented his spot in the England side, Sibley has emerged as a strong candidate to fill in the vacant slot at the top of the order.

The Warwickshire batsman struck an unbeaten double century and followed it up with 109 in the second innings of the last first-class match he played, taking his tournament tally to 1,324 runs at an astonishing average of 69.68.

"Dominic is not the prettiest on the eye all the time, but then neither is Rory Burns or Steve Smith," said Giles

"He is a mature guy, who works extremely hard and is really ambitious, so it's difficult to look past what he's got this season.

"He's got almost 1,400 runs this year, an amazing amount of runs, and pleasingly, he has faced around 3,000 balls, which is over a thousand more than anyone else, so that's a good starting point."

Giles emphasized the final decision was up to the selectors but conceded Sibley's temperament suited the longer format of the game.

"Whatever your technique, if you are batting that many balls you are doing something right, so I'm delighted for him. But his selection will come down to [selectors] Ed Smith and James Taylor," he said.

"You have to go for the players who can deal with the stresses of Test cricket because that is as important as anything."

England will tour New Zealand next month where they are expected to play five T20Is and two Tests.