Teams Played For
England, Somerset, England Lions, South, Yorkshire
Not everyone is that adroit to scalp Virat Kohli as one’s maiden Test scalp in India. But if you are Dominic Mark Bess, then it is a completely different story altogether.
Bess started his first-class journey for Somerset when he was merely 16 years old and in a couple of months represented England at the U-19 level.
However, these accomplishments proved insignificant as in the coming years, the off-spinner's life was going to take a complete turnaround, which he wouldn’t have even dreamt of.
As a teenager, Bess was a chubby guy and recalls himself as 'one with a good set of love handles’. He loved devouring ice cream and dairy products. The spinner as a professional cricketer owes big gratitude to his former-Somerset strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness who taught him everything about S&C and changed him for good.
During his Championship debut in 2016, the spinner found himself in a good place where the whole Taunton crowd was roaring to support the debutant. Bess celebrated his maiden game with the figures of 6 for 21, where he got Warwickshire's key pair Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott in successive balls. The off-spinner joined force with Jack Leach to take his county to some unthinkable heights, when Somerset gambled to lay turning tracks for 2016-17 Championship.
In 2018, when the off-spinner’s Somerset-mate Leach got his thumb injured, it was Bess who got the honors of wearing the three English Lions. The off-spinner made his Test debut against Pakistan at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, but due to failures in his first assignment, Bess got brushed-off. And it was not until 2020 when Bess got back in the Test set-up and since then, he has been a regular feature for England.
(As of March 2021)