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Dom Bess is fresh-faced but will not be wide-eyed in first Test for England

Bess is set to make his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s but his old mentors insist the 20-year-old will ‘just get on with it’

The rise of Dom Bess has been staggeringly swift. On Thursday, if the sun keeps shining, he will, at the age of 20, become a Test cricketer after playing only 16 first-class matches in his life. Yet two or three weeks ago he was pondering whether it might be a good idea to see if he could go out on loan from Somerset as there was little incentive for any county side to play two spinners so early in the season and his friend, Jack Leach, England’s most recent debutant, was occupying that slot in the Somerset team.

Now, after Leach’s unfortunate injury, Bess is among the glitterati at Lord’s. He is suddenly hot property, though I am unable to confirm that he already has a sponsorship deal with Ikea. He might have earned one since it became public knowledge to the millions of cricket followers out there (I take a more optimistic view than the ECB’s chairman) that he was in the brand new Exeter store looking for furniture when Ed Smith rang him with the news of his selection last week.

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