Briggs backed in duel with county teammate Afridi

Hampshire manager Giles White believes England new boy Danny Briggs would relish a duel with county teammate Shahid Afridi this month.

Briggs will become Hampshire’s youngest international if he plays against Pakistan during the one-day and Twenty20 series in the United Arab Emirates, following his call-up to England’s limited-overs squads.

If he does play, the 20-year-old is likely to be up against Pakistan legend Afridi, who returns to Hampshire for a second Friends Life t20 campaign alongside Briggs later this year.

“Danny will be looking forward to that as he got on well with Shahid and they bounced well off each other,” said White.

“Imran Tahir was also a part of that group and Danny learnt an awful lot last summer off two world-class spinners. Now it’s his turn to put it into practice.”

White worked with Briggs at the Rose Bowl as coach of the county’s academy and second teams before taking over as first-team manager.

He said: “We’re all delighted, as Danny’s performed consistently over the last few years and deserves his chance.

“When he first got into the side he took to it very easily and he’s continued to do that whatever level he’s played at.”

Briggs took 16 one-day wickets for the England Lions in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this winter. “Everyone’s been very impressed with him, the reports back have been good and now it’s about getting into the final XI and making a statement,” White added.

“He’s a smart bowler and a good judge of what’s coming next. He’s calm in pressure situations and I’m sure he’ll do well if given the chance.”

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