The Hundred preview

English Cricket’s brand-new limited competition The Hundred begins this summer, with a whole host of global superstars set to take centre stage.

The innovative tournament was postponed last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but on July 21st, the women will kick things off as the Oval Invincibles take on the Manchester Originals.

Spread over a 38-day period, eight newly formed teams will battle it out in a round-robin format, with the top side heading straight to the final. Second and third place will then face each other as they aim to secure a spot in the showpiece event at Lords.

One of the many sides set to take part are the London Spirit, who will be coached by legendary spinner Shane Warne. The Southern Brave are another team, led by the great Sri-Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene.

As its name suggests, each innings will be made up of 100 balls, making it 20 balls shorter than a Twenty20 game. Another new feature will also include the team’s coach coming onto the field to give instructions during a strategic timeout.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) created this tournament in an attempt to garner a new, younger audience to the game, and the short, exciting format is guaranteed to do just that.

Alongside the likes of England stars Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Sophie Ecclestone, the competition will be full of overseas greats.

Among those are West Indies duo Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran, while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be showing his unparalleled class for the Birmingham Phoenix.

The world’s best T20 batsman in the women’s game Beth Mooney will also be involved, as she is set to don the flaming red of the Welsh Fire.

A tournament truly sprinkled with the world’s finest, it will make for a thrilling addition to the cricket calendar, and hopefully gain a massive new audience.

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