Danny Briggs continues English takeover of the Big Bash as the most prolific bowler in T20 Blast history joins Adelaide Strikers
- Danny Briggs has agreed to join the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League
- Briggs is the latest talent emerging from England to commit to the competition
- The 29-year-old is the most prolific bowler in the history of the Twenty20 Blast
Danny Briggs is to join Adelaide Strikers as the Big Bash League prepares to welcome its biggest influx of Englishmen yet for its 10th season.
Briggs, the most prolific bowler in Twenty20 Blast history, will be reunited with his former Sussex coach Jason Gillespie and ex-county colleagues Phil Salt and Rashid Khan, the Strikers’ other two overseas players.
The 29-year-old, who has eight England caps and joined Warwickshire on a long-term deal last month, has taken 172 wickets with his slow left-arm in domestic T20 cricket here.
Danny Briggs, the most prolific bowler in Twenty20 Blast history, is joining Adelaide Strikers
Briggs’ switch will see him join forces with one of his ex-county cricket colleagues Phil Salt
ENGLAND PLAYERS IN THE BIG BASH LEAGUE
Adelaide Strikers: Phil Salt and Danny Briggs
Brisbane Heat: Tom Banton, Lewis Gregory and Dan Lawrence
Hobart Hurricanes: Dawid Malan and Will Jacks
Melbourne Renegades: None
Melbourne Stars: Jonny Bairstow
Perth Scorchers: Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy and Joe Clarke
Sydney Sixers: Tom Curran and James Vince
Sydney Thunder: Alex Hales and Sam Billings
His signing will take the number of English players in the BBL to 15 as the eight franchises take advantage of a recent regulation change that has seen the number of imports permitted to play each match increased from two to three.
England Lions trio Dan Lawrence (Brisbane), Will Jacks (Hobart) and Joe Clarke (Perth) have been recruited to deputise while their senior compatriots quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Australia from England’s white-ball tour of South Africa.
And a raft of other foreign stars including Colin Ingram, Colin Munro and Adam Milne are due to be confirmed over the coming days as a tournament that begins on December 10 finalises its squad lists.
Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder have been in talks with reigning champions Sydney Sixers while another West Indies international in the explosive batsman Nicholas Pooran will join up with one-time Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow at Melbourne Stars for a handful of appearances over Christmas and New Year.
Meanwhile, two emerging spinners on the world scene in Sandeep Lamichhane and Zahir Khan are set to move franchises: Nepal leg-spinner Lamichhane is Hobart-bound from Melbourne Stars, who are to fill the void with the capture of Afghanistan left-armer Zahir, who previously played for for Brisbane.
Jonny Bairstow (middle) will compete in the Big Bash playing for Melbourne
Meanwhile, Bruce French, 61, has stepped down as England’s lead wicketkeeping coach after 11 years in the role and is set to be replaced on the upcoming tour to South Africa by James Foster.
Those to be considered as a permanent replacement for French, who will continue as a part-time consultant with the ECB, include Foster plus Chris Read and Nic Pothas, both of whom have been seconded to work with England teams in the past 12 months.