Dom Bess determined to enjoy his cricket at Yorkshire after disappointment of being dropped by England in India

Spinner Dom Bess says his first priority this season is to enjoy his cricket with Yorkshire after admitting he struggled to cope with being dropped by England during their tour of India over the winter.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:56 pm
England's Joe Root (right) and Dom Bess (left) are teammates at county and country level: Stu Forster/PA Wire

Bess started 2021 as a key member of a winning side, taking 12 wickets in the 2-0 series victory over Sri Lanka and five more as Joe Root's men sprung a major upset in Chennai.

The trip peaked when he outfoxed India captain Virat Kohli in the first innings, but his fortunes shifted quickly. Bess struggled in the second innings, complete with a handful of errant full tosses, and paid with his place as Moeen Ali returned.

"To get removed from the side was tough and it was more tough mentally. I did struggle with that side of it," he said.

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"It was one of the tougher times I've had, but those sort of situations are going to happen again and I think as a player it's about keeping your emotions as consistent as you can. That's gone now and there's no point in banging on about it, it's done.”

Bess finished wicketless in Yorkshire’s County Championship opener against Glamorgan last week, the snow-affected clash ending in a draw at Headingley, and the Tykes will hope to get their first win on the board when they face Kent in their next game which begins on Thursday.

"I've been backed by Yorkshire coming up here and it's now up to me to deliver," he said.

"I look forward to being a major pillar within a side. I feel part of the bigger picture. The pitch may not go my way in terms of it spinning, but how can I control the game?

“Coming back to a new club where I’m going to lead the spin bowling attack, it’s an exciting challenge.

“For me, it’s about making sure, first of all, enjoy my cricket.

“If I look 10 years ahead, these four years – or however long I’m at Yorkshire – is going to put me in a great place. I’m going to gain a lot of knowledge from it.”