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Danny Briggs shrugged off fears of fatigue and insisted he is raring to go.

The 19-year-old from Newport, Isle of Wight, has barely had time to draw breath since the end of last season.

Danny Briggs

Danny Briggs

The slow left-armer spent the tail end of 2010 on the England Performance Programme in Australia, briefly called in at home for Christmas, before jetting out to the West Indies for the Caribbean t20 with Hampshire and the England Lions tour.

Briggs, who only turns 20 at the end of this month, won plenty of admirers as he bagged 33 wickets for the Lions at 18.87 apiece.

But while Dominic Cork has revealed the Rose Bowl management are keeping a close eye on the teenager for signs of burn out, Briggs insists there is no stopping him.

‘It was a massive surprise how busy my winter was in the end,’ said the talented finger spinner, who turned heads last summer with 31 wickets in Hampshire’s run to the Friends Provident t20 crown.

‘I was in Australia for all of November and most of December – five weeks altogether, I think.

‘I came back for Christmas and then I had 12 weeks in the West Indies – three with Hampshire and nine with the England Lions.

‘It was a good thing, though, because it has meant I have bowled all the time and kept in some rhythm, which has been nice.

‘Now it’s down to me to carry that on into the English season.

‘I’ve definitely improved. I feel much more prepared for this season and I think I’m much more confident after the winter I’ve had.

‘The ball’s coming out well and it’s just a case of taking my opportunity.

‘I’d love to carry on where I left off – I don’t want a break.’

Briggs admitted bowling in Australia and the West Indies had been an eye-opening experience and had helped accelerate his development.

‘It was great to play in different conditions,’ he said.

‘It has broadened my knowledge, both tactically and technically.

‘You need to adapt quickly in each game and that is a great skill to have.

‘Now I need to do that here and get off to a good start.’