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Briggs knows importance of India win

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Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs believes victory over India on Thursday is vital to England’s chances of reaching the climax of the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Both teams are already assured of progression from Group A thanks to emphatic victories over Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

And given Australia or South Africa await in the quarter-finals, a win for England over India in Lincoln will not necessarily ease their passage to the semis.

However, Briggs believes the experience of beating India could prove invaluable, particularly if the sides meet again in the final on January 30.

“I think we've got to approach Thursday's match against India as we have the first two games,” the 18-year-old said.

Mark Chapman & Danny Briggs

Danny Briggs went wicketless against Hong Kong but took 3-15 versus Afghanistan to boost his confidence ahead of India © ICC

“We obviously know it's going to be a harder match and we'll be under more pressure with both the bat and the ball, but we'll get a chance to compare ourselves against one of the best teams in the tournament.

“I think whoever wins that match will take a lot of confidence away from it and, if we can be successful, it will be a major positive should we met India again in the latter stages of the World Cup.”

The Hampshire youngster was delighted with England’s performance in a nine-wicket thrashing of Afghanistan in Christchurch on Monday, not to mention his 3-15 in 10 superb overs.

That followed another impressive win against Hong Kong, by the same margin, at Lincoln on Saturday, although Briggs’ 10 overs were wicketless.

“After the way we played on Monday everyone just wants to get out there and play and test ourselves against a top team like India,” he continued.

“Monday against Afghanistan was one of our better performances as a team, it wasn't down to one player's performance it was down to everyone, the way we bowled as a unit and the way we fielded throughout.

“In our first match against Hong Kong we started well up top bowling-wise, but against Afghanistan we hit them hard from the outset and carried on the whole way through the innings.

“You can always get into a mode where you're not taking your opposition with the respect they deserve and then they get away from you, but I think the last two games we've really tried to nail our opponents and out pressure on them.”

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