3 October was decision day. 10 England men's red ball contracted players. Eight teams. Home teams get first pick. Could you choose one from Root, Bairstow and Stokes? Or Buttler and Anderson? Permutations here.
On 3 October 2019 we found out which team the 10 red-ball contracted England men's players will be heading to for The Hundred.
DECISIONS TO MAKE
Imagine being Darren Lehmann, Head Coach of Northern Superchargers. Three of the 10 red-ball contracts fall in his catchment area. Root. Stokes. Bairstow. Who would you pick? It's a big decision.
Tom Moody at Oval Invincibles, and Simon Katich at Manchester Originals, may plump for the white-ball brilliance of Sam Curran and Jos Buttler in their parishes. But then they risk Rory Burns and James Anderson going elsewhere. However if neither player is picked up, they will default to their catchment team.
WHAT ABOUT THE REST?
Welsh Fire. London Spirit. They have no England red ball players.
Teams with multiple England players make their first choice. And then these two teams get to choose one of the others. The teams will draw lots to get first pick.
That means if Manchester Originals were to pick Jos Buttler, then Welsh Fire, or Shane Warne’s London Spirit have a chance to pick James Anderson.
Same goes for Northern Superchargers or Oval Invincibles. They get their first pick. The other two teams can then select an available player.
It’s all about Chris Woakes. He bowls at the start of an innings. And at the end. He offers quick runs from the lower order.
Head Coach Andrew McDonald. Woakes is yours if you need him.
What would you do?
Two red-ball players at Manchester Originals for head coach Simon Katich to choose from. James Anderson and Jos Buttler.
- James Anderson is England’s greatest-ever pace bowler. His experience is vast. His skills are unrivalled.
- Jos Buttler is a World Cup-winner. A batsman who can bat anywhere in the order and find any area of the ground. England’s wicket-keeper in white-ball cricket too.
What would your choice be?
Work this one out, Darren Lehmann. Jonny Bairstow. Ben Stokes. And Test captain Joe Root. So much choice. All World Cup-winners. Pick one.
- Jonny Bairstow was England’s World Cup opener. Scored centuries against India and New Zealand.
- Ben Stokes was the hero in the World Cup final. The hero of the Headingley Specsavers Ashes Test. A fierce and brilliant all-rounder.
- Joe Root brings leadership skills. One of the classiest batsmen in world cricket.
You've got one pick from all of these players. Who would it be?
Two into one is the poser for Tom Moody.
• Sam Curran. Fresh-faced but a fierce competitor with a wicket-taking knack. And a handy batter too who can bat anywhere in the order
• Rory Burns. Impressed as a defiant opener during the Specsavers Ashes. An inspiring leader for Surrey, and a brilliant catcher.
Which way would you go?
Mahela Jayawardena, let’s make this really easy for you.
Jofra Archer is the only England red ball player in your catchment area. Just months into his England career and he’s already a World Cup-winner and an Ashes hero. Fast. Ferocious. Feared.
You don’t have to pick him. But why would you not?
Stuart Broad. A bowler whose spells of bowling go down in history. He’s Trent Rockets' only England player. Head Coach Stephen Fleming is guaranteed to have him if he wants him.
Go with Broad? Or take another route?
WHY ARE ENGLAND-RED BALL CONTRACTED PLAYERS PICKED SEPARATELY TO THE HUNDRED DRAFT?
The men's red-ball contracted players will be available to play in a number of games at the start and end of the The Hundred competition in 2020. There is a Test series during The Hundred next year which means red-ball players will be representing England for those periods of time. The men's red-ball players are counted in addition to the 15-player squad. As they are an addition to each squad they will be picked separately to The Hundred Draft.
The main bulk of the men's squads will be picked in The Hundred Draft on 20 October. You can read more about that here.
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