England spinner Bess spoke to Root about his treatment in India
English weirdo Dom Bess said he spoke to both captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood about how he was performed during the India tour.
The 23-year-old played in the first Test, which England won, but was left out for the second Test with Moeen Ali after an indifferent performance in the second innings.
Ali was asked to stay for the final two tests but insisted on sticking to a previously agreed plan for returning home.
Captain Joe Root took five wickets in bowling in the third test.
Bess was then recalled for the innings defeat in the fourth and final Test, ending up with disappointing numbers of 0-71 in 17 overs.
England's policy of switching players came under heavy criticism during the series, which they lost 3-1, after beating Sri Lanka 2-0 on their first stop on the tour.
Former captain Michael Vaughan has been one of the most vocal critics of Bess's treatment: "I don't think I've ever been so disappointed with a player's management."
Bess took 17 wickets over the two tests in Sri Lanka and the series opener in India.
"I definitely understood how I felt and how I felt managed at times," said Bess.
"I felt really good about that first test and innings in India. Then it just didn't click for me," said Bess.
"Rooty and Spoons (Silverwood) both said how hard it was to let me out of this second test, but I was really disappointed."
Bess has taken 36 wickets in his 14-Test career, averaging 33.97, but has fallen behind former Somerset teammate Jack Leach as the crank of choice.
Now a Roots County teammate in Yorkshire, Bess says he is far from dumped on the fourth test ad and treats this as part of his high-level learning process.
"I look back on this fourth test as a great experience - a really difficult learning curve," said Bess, who beat Glamorgan 0-106 in Yorkshire's opening game.
"I can only see massive positive results from the winter. I may not have influenced the games as I sometimes would have liked, but I did influence the games for England."
Bess says after speaking to Root and Silverwood he feels he has the support he needs to keep going.
"I've talked to Joe and I understand where I stand with all of this," he said.
"I definitely feel supported by these guys who gave me good feedback on what to do," said Bess.
"I know Rooty, Spoons, and the entire team are supportive of the longer process. I have to get involved."
Bess' goal will be to fight for the seven home tests this summer.
England begin their two-test series against New Zealand in June ahead of a five-game series with India.
They then try to reclaim the ashes in Australia from December onwards.
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