Briggs keen to kick on
Danny Briggs enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough year in 2010, but the 19-year-old spinner insists he will not be resting on his laurels in Australia with the England Performance Programme.
Briggs was called into the EPP squad for the first time following a season in which he established himself as the number one slow bowler at Hampshire.
Ahead of the squad’s flight to Brisbane on Friday, the Isle of Wight-born youngster told ecb.co.uk: “It was a bit of a surprise when I found out, but I’m very proud.
“It’s good to be in a group of elite players who have played well in county cricket, and in some cases international cricket as well.
“I’m looking forward to training in that intense environment and trying to get used to that.
“It can only help my game and hopefully I can come back in December a much better player and go from there.
“After this experience, my aim will be to have a successful season again and offer more to the side.”
Briggs claimed 34 LV= County Championship scalps during the summer, but his most significant contributions came in the Friends Provident t20.
His tally of 31 wickets - at an average of just 14 - was the second highest in the competition and helped Hampshire to finals day at their home ground, where they emerged as victors.
“The Twenty20 was brilliant,” he added. “I gained a lot of confidence from that and I think the team as a whole did as well.
“We started pretty steadily but towards the end we had a good run and that helped with our confidence.
“I think that showed in my bowling performances as well. They started steadily and got better as our confidence was going up as a team.
“Having finals day at home with a packed-out crowd was a fantastic experience.
“You want to experience that sort of thing again. It was a day to savour and with us winning I’m sure we will remember it for a long time.”
Briggs is now hoping to make an even bigger impact in championship cricket, having already impressed in 2010.
“My one-day bowling was probably my strength this year,” he said. “I think four-day cricket is a lot harder to crack.
“There is a lot of thinking and processes to go through to get a good idea of what you’re doing in four-day cricket.
“I think I improved a lot during the season and getting that experience helped. The key now will be for me to try and be more consistent.
“But overall I can’t complain with what I’ve done so far and to carry it on would be great.”