The England Cricket Board have announced their provisional schedule for next summer where they will host Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India in what is going to be a busy period for the Three Lions.
Danny Briggs is hoping he plays some part of that schedule and the winter series later on 2021. The left-arm spin bowler became the first cricketer born in the Isle of Wight to play international cricket when he featured for England in 2012.
Unfortunately for Briggs, that appearance against Pakistan in a one-day international in Dubai is his sole start for the national team. He finished the game with figures of 2-39 after 10 overs. He was responsible for the wickets of Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik, two of the biggest threats in the hosts’ batting line-up.
After a solid year in 2020 in county cricket for Sussex, Briggs will want to get off to a good start next season to catch the selectors’ eyes before they announce their squads for the respective teams.
England doesn’t have too many options when it comes to spinning the ball. Adil Rashid is their number one spinner but beyond the Yorkshire man, the likes of Joe Root and Moeen Ali have had various spells, despite being in the team mainly for their batting qualities. If Briggs does get the chance to shine next summer, it will improve his chances of being part of the Ashes squad travelling to Australia in the winter. England are 11/4 in the cricket betting to win that series and regain the Ashes for the first time since 2015.
Many of the wickets in Australia will suit a spinner like Briggs so he could play a big role in the bowling attacking against the number one team in the world. Given the prestige around the Ashes, it would a tremendous achievement for someone from the Isle of Wight to be part of.
Briggs Has a Good T20 Campaign In 2020
The Sussex Sharks bowler had a particularly solid campaign in the T20 Blast for his county at the back end of 2020. In a game against Kent in Canterbury, he picked up 3-27 in an excellent spell of bowling. His side eventually finished second in the South Group but was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Lancashire Lightning.
Not only was Briggs really good at taking key wickets in games for Sussex last season in the T20 competition, but he also helped reduce the run-rate of the opposition. They were afraid to take on the spinner which showed how much they respected his bowling.
Briggs’ performances for Sussex earlier this year helped him earn a contract with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League in Australia. He scored 35 not out on his first game for the Strikers this year in a game against the Hobart Hurricanes. The experience of playing in that league alongside some of the best players in the world is going to prove invaluable for the Sussex player.
Although it has been eight years now since that international against Pakistan, Briggs is young enough to have a big future for England. Hopefully, he gets another chance to show what he is capable of.