Rose Bowl ace determined to grasp England chance

Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs during an England practice session. Picture: Robin Jones
Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs during an England practice session. Picture: Robin Jones
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Danny Briggs assessed his shock call-up to the England t20 squad and said: It’s a dream come true.

The 20-year-old slow left-armer, from the Isle of Wight, took 23 wickets in Hampshire’s Friends Life t20 campaign that ended in semi-final defeat.

And after playing a starring role in the side’s t20 victory last season, his form has clearly caught the eye of England’s national selector Geoff Miller.

Briggs got the nod for the two-match series against West Indies starting on September 23.

He said: ‘I was just sitting at home minding my own business after a hard day in the field when I got the call from Geoff Miller and it was a massive surprise.

‘It’s a strong squad and I’ve got to perform well but it’s good to be up there.

‘Hopefully, I can make a good impression but it’s a dream come true to get picked for England.’

Graeme Swann will skipper the 14-man squad in the absence of the injured t20 captain Stuart Broad.

And Briggs, who played for Ventnor in the Southern Electric Premier League last season, is determined to make his full international debut to complete a meteoric rise.

He said: ‘I played three league games for Ventnor last year so it’s happened pretty quickly.

‘I would be disappointed if I don’t play but I have to take credit from being selected.

‘It shows that they are looking at me and hopefully I can push on.’