Briggs digs big stage
Danny Briggs delayed his wedding to feature in the World Twenty20 and hopes the playing experience he gained in Sri Lanka will stand in him good stead for this week’s two games with India.
The Hampshire spinner has two T20 international caps, the first September’s victory over South Africa at Edgbaston and the second the Super Eight defeat of New Zealand later in the month, in which he opened the bowling at took 1-36 from four overs.
Briggs also picked up three wickets against Pakistan in a warm-up fixture prior to the tournament and is hoping his knowledge of the sub-continent, and his big-match experience, will bear fruit against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side.
The 21-year-old, who missed Hampshire’s Champions League T20 campaign in October to marry Linsey, told ecb.co.uk: “I’ve been lucky with the opportunities I’ve had and the places I’ve played. Hopefully, I can enjoy the experience and put it to good use.
“Obviously, when you perform well it gives you confidence, it gives you the belief that you can compete and bowl well at that level.
“Now is the key time to kick on with my game and just get on with it, try and perform for England, and go from there. I know that I can do it, it’s just making that more consistent.”
Briggs has spent the last month with the England Performance Programme in India, where he feels he has made real strides in achieving that greater consistency.
He continued: “It’s been really good. I’ve really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I’ve hopefully come on a bit technically and bowling-wise I’ve got some overs under my belt.
“I’ve had time out here to work on some technical things to stand me in good stead. Bowling overs, building up the consistency. keeping it quite simple is a big key.”
The left-armer is also relishing the chance to bowl on Indian pitches, having seen fellow spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann - who are not in the T20 squad - excel during the recent Test series.
“Getting used to the conditions for a month before is a big advantage. It’s good to get the overs under the belt and get used to the conditions before the Twenty20s,” he said.
“The pitches have been good so far. If you put the ball in the right areas you get rewards. Hopefully, I can do that, and find some rhythm which would be helpful.”
James Harris is another EPP member in England's T20 party, having been called up following an injury to Stuart Broad that has seen Eoin Morgan promoted to captain.
Briggs added: “He (Harris) has done really well out here and made a good impression. He deserves his call, so if he gets the chance it will be exciting for him as well.
“It’s disappointing Broady has had the injury. But it’s good for Morgs to be captain. He’s got a great cricket brain and has played a lot of Twenty20 cricket. I’m sure we will be led well and, hopefully, we can be successful.”