I do really feel dangerous ahead of the second Test against West Indies: Dom Bess

I do really feel dangerous ahead of the second Test against West Indies: Dom Bess

England off-spinner Dom Bess, who went wicketless on the final day of the first Test, believes in his consistency and accuracy.

Dominic Bess of England
Dominic Bess of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

In the historic first Test of the three-match series between England and West Indies, Jason Holder and his troops scripted an emphatic win after hunting down the 200-run target on the fifth day.

In the thrilling contest at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, West Indies turned the tides on the first day itself as skipper Holder and Shannon Gabriel wreaked havoc on English batsmen. Gabriel was also adjudged Man of the Match for scalping nine wickets in the Test.

Meanwhile, the English bowling force proved bootless on the final day as Roston Chase (37) and Jermaine Blackwood (95) took the game away from the visitors. England off-spinner Dom Bess, who went wicketless on the final day of the first Test, has said that he feels “dangerous” ahead of the second match at Old Trafford.

“I know I went wicketless but it could have turned and the thing that I’m focusing on is how well it’s coming out at the moment, I do feel really dangerous and that’s a great place to be,” Bess said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

“As a spinner, some will go your way some days and some won’t, that is cricket. I feel like I am attacking both edges of the bat. My consistency and accuracy within where I am landing it is dangerous,” he added.

Dom Bess also opened up on Stuart Broad’s omission

The Old Trafford pitch will aid pacers and that might pave way for Stuart Broad to return to the side. The veteran pacer was omitted for the first Test as England decided to go with the pace trio of Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and James Anderson at Southampton. Reacting to Broad’s omission, Bess said it shows how much strength in depth England have.

“For the coaches, captains and senior players, you want that competition for places,” the 22-year-old said.

You go through the whole squad and there are at least two or three who can do that role, that can only produce success in the long term. Look at Stuart Broad missing out in the first test. I know he was gutted and that shows you the depth we have. One of England’s greatest missed out,” he added.