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Dom looking to build on winter success

Dom Bess was one of those Somerset players who excelled over the winter.

Not only did he help England to a Test series win in South Africa, he was also part of the successful England Lions squad that toured Australia.

The 22-year-old Devonian was also named in the England squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka which has had to be cancelled.

Now back at home, Dom has had time to reflect on what has been an incredible few months.

“I feel like I’ve taken my opportunities when they’ve come about,” he said. “I didn’t really have a lot of time to think about it because the call came from South Africa quite late. I just had to crack on, and it came good.

“To be a part of a series winning team in South Africa was cool. It was my first overseas tour with the national side, and it couldn’t really have gone any better. It’s a beautiful country and to come back from one-nil down to win the series was incredible. I really felt at home within that environment. I think the team really pushed on as a collective over there.”

Following his successful time in South Africa, Dom was also called in to the England Lions squad for their tour of Australia. It was a trip that he enjoyed immensely.

“I really enjoyed that tour,” he said. “It was a great group of lads and they are all pushing so hard to take that next step. We had a really strong side and there was a great combination of young exciting players and more experienced guys who have been around the scene for a while. There’s a great culture in both the England set up and with the Lions. Everyone came together really well and showed that we can dominate in Australian conditions. It was also really special to play at the MCG.

“The trip also gave me the chance to really work on my game with Richard Dawson and Jason Kerr who were the main coaches out there.

“It was good to have so many of the Somerset lads over there and I roomed with Abes. Of course Lewis, Jamie and Craig were out there too, so there was a good amount of Somerset representation.”

Dom was one of the players who lent his voice to the recent video that showed the Somerset players washing their hands to “Blackbird” by the Wurzels. Did he enjoy that?

“Filming that was quite nerve-wracking because I should not sing in public! Thankfully most of the other lads did it as well so there’s only a little bit of me in the final edit. That’s a blessing for anyone who’s listened to it. I know that Brooksie definitely enjoyed it because his video was about three and a half minutes long! I think it’s safe to say that some of the lads think that they are better at singing than they actually are!”

Dom finished our chat with a message for the Somerset faithful:

“I hope that everyone and their families are safe. Hopefully this will soon end and we can get back outside and play for you all. We are so appreciative of what our supporters bring to the Club. They are always our 12th man and we’re so thankful for everything that they do for us. I just hope everyone is safe and well.”

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