Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs ready for England Lions challenge

Danny Briggs
Briggs was on the Lions' tour of Australia where he played six first-class matches

Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs says he is relishing the chance to impress on England Lions' tour of Bangladesh.

The Lions squad flew out at the weekend ahead their first match on 6 January.

Briggs is joined by his Hants team-mate, batsman James Vince, for the eight-match tour before flying to Sri Lanka for a one-day series.

"This is a time for me to push on and be successful with the Lions and hopefully I can do well out there," Briggs told BBC Radio Solent.

The bowler was on the Lions' tour of Australia last year where he played six first-class matches, taking 33 wickets in the process.

It marks a fantastic end to a year in which both he and Vince were instrumental in the Hampshire Royals' passage to Twenty20 Finals Day for a second successive season.

Vince was the club's leading run scorer with 445 runs at an average of 34.23, while Briggs was the Royals' leading wicket-taker for the second season in a row with 23 scalps at an average of 14.91.

For Vince it will mark his first ever tour with the Lions and shows a continuation of the faith his national side have put in him having played two Youth Tests, 16 Youth ODIs and one Youth Twenty20 International with England U19s in recent years.

"It's great to have Hampshire players in there and to be involved in the England programmes. Hopefully he can do well and push on, he's adapted really well," added Briggs.

Briggs eager to impress on Lions tour

Briggs has played in Bangladesh before and hopes his experience will help him out during the tour.

"I went out there when I was playing for England Under-19s," he said.

"It was fairly dry and fairly good for spinners so it is something to look forward to and to learn how to adapt to condition when I'm out there. It's nice to go out there and get the experience.

"For me I have to concentrate on my own game and learn and improve as quickly as I can naturally."

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