Briggs makes an England impression

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One minute you’re giving your brother a few cheeky throw-downs in the back garden on the Isle of Wight.

The next, you’re making sure you don’t inadvertently nick Kevin Pietersen’s seat in the England dressing room, before celebrating your first two international wickets

Hampshire and England international Danny Briggs

Hampshire and England international Danny Briggs

Welcome to the meteoric rise of Hampshire’s Danny Briggs – England’s latest debutant, who is about as laid-back about his rise to cricketing fame as you can imagine.

The slow left-armer’s debut at the age of just 20 came in the final match of the 4-0 series whitewash over Pakistan, and a tidy return of two wickets for 39 runs should see him included in the future plans of the selectors.

But if anyone was expecting him to milk his sudden elevation, they couldn’t be further from the truth.

Briggs smiled: ‘Nothing has changed too much since I came back.

‘I haven’t signed any autographs randomly in the street since playing for England.

‘I haven’t been recognised more by people or anything like that. It’s all been pretty normal really.

‘I wasn’t really expecting to get straight into the side with two spinners already out there.

‘So I was thankful for the chance I did get.

‘They could have tried to get the 4-0 win with the same team but they rested Graeme Swann and it was good to get my chance.

‘It was a fantastic feeling to get that first international wicket.

‘It was a tough first spell because I thought I bowled fairly well and didn’t get reward for it.

‘But I came back a bit more confident in the second spell and tried to do what I do for Hampshire – keep things simple and luckily the batsman made a mistake, which helped.

‘It was a relief to get that first one and hopefully there will be a few more to come.

‘But it just gives you that confidence to know that you can do it at international level.’

While Briggs and Somerset’s Jos Buttler made their bows in the same game, the Hampshire man insists there was no closed shop coming into the squad under the stewardship of Alastair Cook.

Briggs said: ‘Of course, you don’t want to sit in someone’s favourite seat when you first come in, but it wasn’t like that too much.

‘I took it all in my stride and just went with it.

‘I was happy to be there and just tried to enjoy all of it.

‘I didn’t get too much stick as the new kid. I think I got off lightly in that respect.

‘Craig Kieswetter, Jade Dernbach and Samit Patel came down to the Lions tour as preparation.

‘Then there were Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales in the younger group who already knew each other.

‘But it was good in the way everyone mixed with all of the players who have been there a long time.

‘When he took over, Andy Flower said he wanted there to be a good spirit and it seemed like it was a good atmosphere to come into. They made you feel welcome.’

It’s a far cry from the back garden in Freshwater as a youngster for Briggs who went on to play in the Southern Electric Premier League for Ventnor and then progressed through the Hampshire Academy ranks.

He recalled: ‘I used to play in the back garden with my brother Matt and my dad.

‘Matt tried to bowl left-arm spin as well but I’d usually end up bowling because he fancied himself as a batsman.

‘They played for Ventnor when I was young so I was brought up around that.

‘I was hooked on the game quite early on.

‘Then I got to eight or nine years old and thought I wanted to go as far as I could with this. I enjoyed it so much and I still do.

‘I can’t wait for the new season with Hampshire.’