Stokes picked by Northern Superchargers – the lowdown on The Hundred
The first players have been selected for the inaugural edition of The Hundred, an eight-team competition spread across five weeks that is set to launch next summer.
England’s Test stars were picked in the first stage of the draft process on Thursday, with ‘icon’ players from each side’s catchment area also chosen, while the team names were finally confirmed.
Ben Stokes was chosen ahead of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow by the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers, meaning the Yorkshire pair will not compete for their ‘home’ side in The Hundred.
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s brainchild has led to some controversy since it was announced as a new format, consisting of 100 balls per side with traditional six-ball overs banished.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at each city-based franchise.
Name: Northern Superchargers
Representing: Yorkshire and Durham
Coach: Darren Lehmann
England Test Player: Ben Stokes
Local Icons: Adil Rashid & David Willey
Northern Superchargers had an embarrassment of riches to choose from for their England Test player pick, but opted for Stokes, with Root and Bairstow set to play away from their home ground Headingley.
Name: Manchester Originals
Venue: Old Trafford
Coach: Simon Katich
England Test Player: Jos Buttler
Local Icons: Saqib Mahmood & Matt Parkinson
With James Anderson acting as a ‘mentor’ in the competition rather than a player, Manchester Originals had a simple pick to take Jos Buttler. Their icon player choice was trickier, with Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood getting the nod over Liam Livingstone.
Name: Trent Rockets
Venue: Trent Bridge
Representing: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
Coach: Stephen Fleming
England Test Player: Joe Root
Local Icons: Alex Hales & Harry Gurney
Root was scooped up by the Trent Rockets, who are also able to boast one of the world’s most destructive T20 batsmen in Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales as one of their local icons.
Name: Birmingham Phoenix
Representing: Warwickshire and Worcestershire
Coach: Andrew McDonald
England Test Player: Chris Woakes
Local Icons: Moeen Ali & Pat Brown
Chris Woakes was the only England Test player available to the Birmingham Phoenix with Moeen Ali having lost his red-ball contract, but the Worcestershire all-rounder was a simple choice as local icon alongside his county team-mate Pat Brown – who has been rewarded for superb Vitality Blast form.
Name: Welsh Fire
Venue: Sophia Gardens
Representing: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset
Coach: Gary Kirsten
England Test Player: Jonny Bairstow
Local Icons: Tom Banton & Colin Ingram
Bairstow will spearhead the Welsh Fire, who also pick Somerset’s Tom Banton. The wicketkeeper-batsman has burst onto the scene with scintillating white-ball form this season and is rewarded with a pick in The Hundred. Gary Kirsten is currently the coach, although he has been linked strongly to the vacant position as England head coach.
Name: London Spirit
Representing: Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire
Coach: Shane Warne
England Test Player: Rory Burns
Local Icons: Eoin Morgan & Dan Lawrence
England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan does not have a Test contract but is the eye-catching name in the London Spirit squad. They also choose Essex batsman Dan Lawrence as a local icon, with Rory Burns their Test player.
Name: Oval Invincibles
Venue: The Oval
Representing: Surrey and Kent
Coach: Tom Moody
England Test Player: Sam Curran
Local Icons: Jason Roy & Tom Curran
The Curran brothers are, unsurprisingly, paired together alongside Jason Roy – who was not handed a red-ball contract after a disappointing start to his Test career.
Name: Southern Brave
Venue: Ageas Bowl
Representing: Hampshire and Sussex
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
England Test Player: Jofra Archer
Local Icons: James Vince & Chris Jordan
Jofra Archer’s stunning arrival on the international scene made him a certainty for the Southern Brave, where he lines up alongside Sussex team-mate and friend Chris Jordan as well as Hampshire’s James Vince.