Former England captain, Michael Vaughan questions the exclusion of Dom Bess from the ongoing second Test match against India in Chennai. Vaughan is unimpressed by Joe Root and management to drop the off-spinner despite his brilliant numbers recently.
He points out that Dom Bess has picked 17 wickets in the last three Tests – 2 in Sri Lanka and 1 in India – and England have won all those three games. Bess also got the better off the Indian captain, Virat Kohli in the first inning of the first Test; he returned with 4 wickets and broke India’s middle-order with wickets of Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rishabh Pant.
The 46-year-old former skipper suggests the unfairness between a bowler and a batsman asking that would England had dropped a batsman if he scored heavy runs.
Michael Vaughan tweeted, “Dom Bess 17 wkts in 3 Tests at an ave of 22 !!! Dropped …. Would a batsman be dropped if he had scored 350 runs in 3 Tests !!????
Dom Bess asked to improve on his consistency by Joe Root
Joe Root, the England skipper, would have foreseen the questions he would face after dropping Dom Bess – England announced their squad for the second Test a day before the game.
And, in all fairness, there shouldn’t have been a major surprise at the omission of Dom Bess – the off-spinner was indeed plenty fortunate to pick the wickets he did, except for the scalp of Kohli.
Joe Root in the press conference ahead of the second Test highlighted the same suggesting him to improve on his consistency – in the last three Tests he has bowled a plethora of full tosses and short balls which have been punished; with the help of the fickle luck and batsman’s rash shots, the 23-year-old do have the wickets but has been nowhere near the bowler who England would want him to be.
“Dom has contributed fantastically well in these three games and has a made a real impact. With him missing out, the messaging for him is to keep working at that consistency of his game, delivering that skill time and time again. We talk about building pressure over long periods of time and, as well as he has done and the contributions he has made, that is one area he can improve on.
“He is very young. He is much at the start of things and this doesn’t mean he is going to be pushed back down the pecking order. It gives him an opportunity to step out of Test cricket – the harshest environment, especially in these conditions, especially against a team that plays spin so well – to take stock and work at his game,” Joe Root said.
Dom Bess 17 wkts in 3 Tests at an ave of 22 !!! Dropped …. Would a batsman be dropped if he had scored 350 runs in 3 Tests !!???? #INDvsENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 13, 2021