After England toured India earlier this year, spinner Dom Bess confided to taking a break from cricket. The young spinner admitted that the strain of playing while remaining in a bubble had gotten the best of him. The young spinner didn’t have a perfect series, which just added to his worries. He went on to say that it made him hate the game as well.
“After India, I had a good break away from it, because I really did start hating cricket. It got too much at times, certainly in that bubble in India. There’s a lot of pressure going on and it was really important for me to come back and get away from it,” said Dom Bess to ESPNcricinfo.
Bess made his mark on the series with a superb four-for in the first innings of the Chennai Test and guided England towards a victory, but he struggled to maintain his good form. After being left out for the next two tests, the young off-spinner was only called back into the squad for the final Test. He’d lost his form by then and went wicketless as his team suffered an innings defeat and went down to lose the series 3-1.
The young spinner further said that when a player is doing well, everything will work in their favour. However, a few bad performances may have a negative impact on them. Bess, who recently relocated to Yorkshire from Somerset, also said that the Indian tour helped him with valuable experience. Bess took “two to three weeks off” after returning from India to get to know his new home in Leeds and spend time with his girlfriend and their new puppy.
“It was nice to get away from it (bio-bubble), because in India, in the bubble, everything was about cricket. It’s fine when you’re going well, but when things aren’t going well it is very tough. But I only see what I had in India as a great positive. It’s been a tough time really, but one hell of a learning curve for me. And in terms of where I see my game, I know what I’ve got to do,” added Dom Bess.
Dom Bess: Playing better cricket and not England Test spot a priority
When asked about his chances of returning to the England Test team, the 23-year-old said that all he wants to do in the coming years is play better cricket. He said that he isn’t too worried about regaining his England Test spot and just wants to focus on the things at hand first.
“I’m not thinking about (England) at all. Of course, it’s there, but I’m not pushing that. I’m 23, so I’m looking at four-five years’ time, and what I do now. If the chance did come, I can go back into the international scene and know my game more. If it’s this summer, it’s this summer,” concluded Dom Bess.
Dom Bess is currently part of Yorkshire’s county championship team, which is led by England captain Joe Root. Bess recorded his best performance for his new club with a maiden five-for on Day 3 of their match against Sussex at Hove.