Danny's debut in his own words

Friday, February 24, 2012

 

Danny's debut in his own words

Danny Briggs celebrates his first England wicket on Tuesday in Dubai. Picture by Gareth Copley, Getty Images.

CRICKETDANNY Briggs became the first Island cricketer to represent England this week, taking 2-39 in the victory over Pakistan in Dubai.

Here Danny tells exactly how it felt to win his first cap.

"I found out I was going to play the day before. It meant I had a training session to prepare myself for it.

"It was a proud moment when I found out.

"I was excited too. It was good just to be named in the squad with such a calibre of player, but the chance to play was a great opportunity.

"I slept quite well the night before, despite it being one of those things you dream about.

"I was happy we bowled first. Being a bowler it meant getting the main aspect of my game out of the way.

"When we were fielding I didn't think too much about my first spell. I was just concentrating on my job in the field. It really hit home when I was told to warm up for my first spell in international cricket.

"I wasn't too nervous. I knew I had been picked on merit and had nothing to lose. I was quite confident.

"I found it pretty tough to be honest. I didn't think I bowled too badly but they were playing well and I was going at four or five an over.

"I came back well in my second spell. I was feeling confident with how the ball was coming out and I knew I had to bowl straight.

"My first wicket was a result of building pressure and bowling straight. It forced Umar Akmal into a mistake.

"My second wicket, Shoaib Malik, came when they were trying to step on the gas and it came off again.

"I was really happy with 2-39 but I would have taken anything. Just to get out there was great.

"The one-dayers went really well. We have a good Twenty20 squad so I will just have to see what happens. It's a hard squad to get into. All I can do it train well and be prepared in case I get the call.

"I read that I was the first person from the Isle of Wight to play for England. That was nice. The standard of cricket here is on the up with a few players having gone on to play first-class cricket. For me to take the next step is good and hopefully a few more will do the same.

"I also heard I was the youngest Hampshire player to represent England. In the last 20 years the youth system at Hampshire has produced lots of players who have gone on to play for the first team. That has continued recently under academy director Tony Middleton and I hope it will for many years to come."

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