Warwickshire sizing up transfer for Dom Bess as Jeetan Patel successor

After confirming the arrival of Tim Bresnan on Tuesday, Warwickshire look set to show their consideration to Dom Bess, the England offspinner.

Bess’s contract at Somerset expires on the finish of the 2020 season, and ESPNcricinfo understands that Warwickshire see him as a possible long-term substitute for the retiring Jeetan Patel. The membership’s sport director Paul Farbrace is understood to be an admirer from his time working with Bess as England’s assistant coach, and is hopeful that the prospect of first-team cricket in all codecs may lure him to Edgbaston.

From this season, counties are now not required to present 28 days’ discover to different golf equipment earlier than getting into negotiations with an out-of-contract participant, and have been free to take action for the reason that starting of June. It’s understood that Warwickshire are but to make a proper strategy to Somerset or to Bess’s agent, however that they’re seemingly to take action later in the summertime.

Bess spent two months of final season on loan at Yorkshire, enjoying 4 County Championship video games and 6 T20s. Head coach Andrew Gale mentioned on the time that the membership would “try everything we can” to signal him completely, however the state of affairs is sophisticated this 12 months by the very fact 12 gamers on the membership are out of contract at a time when funds are restricted as a result of implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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There {may} be a number of contributing elements when Bess makes his choice whether or not or to not keep at Taunton. He’s at present Somerset’s second-choice red-ball spinner behind Jack Leach, whose contract runs till 2022, however they’re competing towards each other – and Moeen Ali – for a spot in England’s Check staff.

Neither participant is at present on a central contract – Leach was awarded an incremental contract for 2019-20, that means the ECB prime up his county wage – however each will hope to win one for 2020-21 if they will maintain down a spot this summer season.

Bess additionally has ambitions to play white-ball cricket, however has solely made 4 limited-overs appearances (three 50-over, one T20) for Somerset to this point. Max Waller, Somerset’s primary T20 spinner, can be out of contract on the finish of the 12 months, whereas allrounder Roelof van der Merwe’s deal runs till 2021. It additionally stays to be seen whether or not Bess would need transfer to the Midlands, having purchased a home in Taunton two years in the past.

One other promising bowler whose contract expires on the finish of the season is Mason Crane, the Hampshire legspinner. Crane has had a irritating two years with accidents, however was a part of the preliminary 55-man coaching group named by England in {May} and can come into competition for the ODI sequence towards Eire on the finish of the month. He was anticipating to deal with white-ball cricket this 12 months after Hampshire signed Nathan Lyon to enrich Liam Dawson of their Championship facet, however the alternative to play throughout codecs elsewhere may flip his head.

Somerset {may} additionally face a battle to maintain maintain of the Overton twins, Craig and Jamie. Each gamers’ contracts expire on the finish of the season, and are certain to draw curiosity from any golf equipment in a monetary place to supply them a deal. Somerset declined to remark.

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