The Telegraph – It was appropriate that Dom Bess was in the Exeter branch of IKEA when the call came from England’s new chairman of selectors Ed Smith.

Summary

  • It was appropriate that Dom Bess was in the Exeter branch of IKEA when the call came from England’s new chairman of selectors Ed Smith.
  • It is a new branch, and Bess isn’t half new himself at 20 years old, while it is dedicated to thrift, which has been the hallmark of many of England’s finest offspinners from Fred Titmus to Ray Illingworth to John Emburey.
  • “I was in IKEA with my girlfriend,” Bess said.
  • Level-headed, enthusiastic, self-assured and driven, Bess comes from an extended family of Devonian pace bowlers, but he switched to offspin about the age of nine, as he told Telegraph Sport.
  • After he died when I was ten, Charlie Dibble – the uncle of Adam Dibble who played for Somerset – taught me offspin in the nets at Sidmouth.”


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