Briggs gets England T20 call-up

Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs
Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs
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Danny Briggs has been handed his first England call-up for the forthcoming NatWest International Twenty20 series against West Indies.

The spinner has been in fine form for Hampshire this summer, playing a key role in the Royals’ march to t20 Finals Day at Edgbaston.

The 20-year-old – who has previously been involved in England Lions’ tours to Australia and the Caribbean – has been rewarded with a call-up to the full side for the two-match series, which begins on Friday, September 23, at The Oval.

Graeme Swann will captain the 14-man squad for the first time, with England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad and vice-captain Eoin Morgan both unavailable due to injury.

England national selector Geoff Miller said: ‘We have once again selected a blend of experienced international performers along with exciting young players with a great deal of talent.

‘We have selected 10 of the players who were involved in last month’s Twenty20 victory over India.

‘While the injuries to Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan and the continued period of rest for Kevin Pietersen means we bring four players into the squad – James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick and Danny Briggs.’