After an act of courage, skill and a little luck brought him four wickets, including the precious scalp of Virat Kohli, and apparently left England in control of the first test in Chennai, with India 257 for six and Still 321 behind, it might come as no surprise that Dom Bess declared this to be his best job in international cricket

Jofra Archer, who returned to the side after missing the two-test series in Sri Lanka, was responsible for India’s opener before Bess cleverly caught Kohli by the inside edge on the short leg shortly after lunch. Ajinkya Rahane followed shortly afterwards, Joe Root continued his latest impression of total flawlessness by taking a brilliant left-handed dive grip for cover

Bess said: “I think I’m bowling very well at the moment, but more important than anything, it’s the collective. We took six today and I think it prepared the game well, we saw it start to spin and it will only do more. We’re pretty close to a new ball and I think we’re in a great place right now ”

Kohli’s wicket was even more precious because in the discussion with Rory Burns, Bess left the field at lunch while leaving the field and mimicked the exact stroke in which he would later fatefully seduce India’s captain

“It was a special layoff, I think more for my trial,” he said, “It’s not about bowling that magic ball, it’s about smashing 10, 15 balls in a good area, and then will something happen

“It’s special because he’s a world class player and I think he’s phenomenal”But it’s more what I learn, what I do that gets me to this point. But I don’t want to think too much about it, we are in the middle of a game and we have so much to do, we have it as a team and we have to try to get him out in the next innings ”

With India at a level 73 for four, England’s position could have been even better if Rishabh Pant hadn’t hit 91 of 88 balls before firing a shot in depth, while Cheteshwar Pujara provided excellent support prior to his freak release as the ball cut the shoulder of Ollie Pope on the short leg and wrapped it gently to Rory Burns at Midwicket

“You know what, it’s out I don’t mind how it comes,” Bess said. “So many times you throw good balls and don’t get any luck It happens, that’s cricket”

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World news – AU – Dom Bess is happy about the “special dismissal” of the Indian Virat Kohli