England spinner Danny Briggs out of winter programme with sprained ankle
Last Updated: January 25, 2013 12:05pm
Danny Briggs: Ruled out with an ankle injury
England spinner Danny Briggs has been ruled out of the final match of the current ODI series with India and the Twenty20 series in New Zealand due to a sprained ankle.
The 21-year-old will also miss the England Lions tour of Australia, with Yorkshire's Joe Root replacing him in the T20 squad in New Zealand.
Briggs has suffered a frustrating spell in India, with the Hampshire player the only member of the squad not to feature in a game on the tour.
That was due to be rectified in the final ODI game, the dead rubber in Dharamsala, with the home side having already secured an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
But Briggs injured himself in Friday's morning workout, offering a chance for Root to impress further in New Zealand.
Root's inclusion in the T20 squad means he will be involved in all three formats of the game for England.
He was selected in the Test squad ahead of Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel on Thursday and was also a late addition to the ODI group.
"Danny Briggs has been ruled out of the current one-day series, the New Zealand Twenty20s and the Lions tour with a right ankle sprain sustained during a fitness session," said an ECB spokesperson.
"Joe Root will replace Briggs in the Twenty20 squad in New Zealand."