Former England cricketer, David Llyod has hit out at Dom Bess for his underwhelming bowling performance against India in the fourth Test. Questioning his selection in the England team, Lloyd stated that England skipper Joe Root is a better bowler than Bess at the moment. Bess conceded runs at an economy of 3.73 against India in the second innings- the highest amongst all English bowlers.
“I feel for Dom Bess. He’s got the yips and I can tell you from personal experience that it’s not nice. You’re in a state of confusion and forget how to let the ball go. The only good thing is that it goes as quickly as it comes, but England should not have picked Bess.
“What made them think he had solved his problem of bowling full tosses? Joe Root is a better bowler than Bess at the moment,” Lloyd wrote.
Dom Bess played the first Test of the four-match series. He returned with figures of 5 for 126. While Bess took a five-for, he couldn’t stop the flow of runs and thus lost his place in the XI in the second Test. Given how the pitch behaved in the third Test, Bess was recalled in the side in the final Test.
England spin bowling coach, Jeetan Patel staunchly defended the young spinner. Speaking in the virtual press conference, Patel said that the 23-year old spinner is still young and the ongoing series will act as a learning experience for him.
“There’s still room for him to improve, like everyone in this group, he’s very young and he’s still learning how to bowl with a red ball at Test level, which is very difficult. He will be better with these experiences going forward,” Patel said in a virtual press conference.