Dom Discusses his England Experience

Dom Bess was back at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Thursday after spending the previous three days bowling at the England squad with Jack Leach ahead of the opening  day of the First Test against West Indies.

The 20 year old, who has taken 35 wickets in his first seven Specsavers County Championship matches, told us what he’s been up to: “We went up to Edgbaston on Monday afternoon and had a training session under lights with the new pink ball,” he said. “It was a little bit nerve wracking bowling at the England side. We were there for three days, prior to the match, and as well as bowling at the squad we did all of the warm ups as well.

“It was very interesting to see how the England players go about things and how they prepare for a Test Match. You can definitely see that international standard when you bowl at them and it was good for me to test myself against that standard as well. Now the England coaches know who I am and what I look like which is all along the right pathway as far as I am concerned. However, I know I’m still a long way off at the moment and I have still got to secure my first team spot here at Somerset.”

Regarding his career so far Dom said: “My First Class cricket journey has been quite amazing and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I want to go out there and take as many wickets as I possibly can for the side. I also want to score as many runs as I can and to get my maiden First Class 50 against Surrey was great. It was awesome being in with Steve Davies because you learn the most when you’re out in the middle – facing each delivery, getting that experience, understanding what you need to do to score the runs or take the wickets.

“We’ve got a few big games coming up at the back end of the season, so hopefully I can be part of that side and do the business again for the team.”

Already in his short career Bess has notched up five five-wicket hauls so what is the secret to his success?

”I think the key to my success has been a lot of hard work that the other bowlers have put in,” he said. “Leachy has been unlucky because he has bowled well, especially against Surrey, and not got the wickets that he’s deserved. I remember last season when we were bowling well in tandem and both picking up wickets. His time is only just round the corner again because he has been bowling beautifully and arguably he should be around that Test Match side. I really do believe that.

“Tim Groenewald and Craig Overton have both bowled very well this year for us and Craig showed on a dead wicket against Surrey just what he is capable of.

“Our bowling group is still quite young but everyone now knows their job. Leachy and myself as spinners know what it is that we have to do and it’s very much a communication thing which Jason Kerr always talks to us about.  Being involved with England, it was clear to see that they all know their roles in the side, what they have to do and how they go about it.”


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