Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs to miss pre-season tour

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Promotion our priority - Briggs

Hampshire's Danny Briggs is to miss the club's pre-season trip to Barbados, with the newly capped England spinner being given a rest.

Briggs, 20, recently made his England one-day debut, and has played cricket continuously for two years.

Hampshire will play two two-day matches against Warwickshire and Leicestershire in Barbados this month as well as a Twenty20 knock-out competition.

"I've played two years fully now," Briggs told BBC South Today.

He added: "Obviously I've had the England Lions last year and this year in the winters and Hampshire in the summers so it's been two years immersed in cricket.

"So they want me to have a break which is fair enough really and they are going to enjoy Barbados and do well."

Briggs became the first person from the Isle of Wight to appear for England and the youngest Hampshire player to represent his country.

The left-arm spinner ended with bowling figures of 2-39 on his debut to help England to a four-wicket win, and a 4-0 series whitewash over Pakistan in Dubai.

And he says the time spent in the United Arab Emirates has given him a taste for the big stage and is an honour that will stay with him for a long time.

"It was a great experience to be out there with players you normally see on TV," added Briggs.

"It was also an honour to receive the cap from an ex-England captain (Nasser Hussain) and get two wickets was also fantastic.

"I knew half the squad and tried to gel as quickly as possible and they were very welcoming.

"They've got an eye on me now and they'll be watching how I perform this season for Hampshire which the the key thing. I have to concentrate on that.

"Everyone is raring to go and everyone is really excited and looking forward for the season to start."

Now that Briggs has returned to the county from international duty, his attention has turned to forthcoming season.

Hampshire were relegated to the Second Division last season and Briggs says that winning promotion will be their priority this season.

"It is a big year for us. We have a very young squad and hopefully this is the start of a new era at Hampshire," he said.

"We want to kick on and do well and hopefully get promoted back to Division One and do well in the other two competitions.

"Getting promoted this year is the priority. We have a lot of good talented youngsters in the squad and to play all round good cricket in the competitions."

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