ANDREW GALE has urged Dom Bess to relax into his work with Yorkshire as he prepares to make his second debut for the county this weekend.

The England off-spinning all-rounder will face the students of Durham MCC Universities in a three-day friendly at Emerald Headingley, starting today.

Bess has not featured in any of the friendlies during the last fortnight following his Test commitments in Sri Lanka and India finished early last month, but he needs a run out ahead of Thursday’s LV= Insurance County Championship home opener against Glamorgan.

The 23-year-old was left out of the second and third Tests against India, finishing the winter with 17 wickets in the three appearances he made.

He claimed a five-wicket haul in the first Test win over Sri Lanka at Galle in January before adding four-fors in the second Test of that series and then the opening Test against India at Chennai.

Many people have suggested he could have bowled better, yet he still returned results before seeing Jack Leach and Moeen Ali preferred in his place.

“Dom’s in a good place,” said Yorkshire coach Gale, of the county’s new permanent signing following his two spells on loan in 2019.

“He was obviously disappointed with how things went (on tour). He had a tough time of it.

“I thought he was a bit harshly treated.

“But, as I’ve said to him, there’s no pressure on him coming back here. He’s coming into a team where, predominantly in April, seam will do a lot of the work anyway.

“His runs will be important to us, of course. But he’s under no pressure and has nothing to prove.

“The main thing is that I want him to enjoy his cricket and enjoy being around our group. If he does that, I’m sure he will be absolutely fine.”

Also making their first appearances of pre-season will be overseas fast bowler Duanne Olivier and opener Adam Lyth having recovered from a calf injury.