The names are in. Eight international stars confirmed for The Hundred Women's competition.
The eight women’s teams in The Hundred have each announced a marquee player signing live from The Hundred Draft.
Who's going where?
Australia skipper Meg Lanning will join her international coach Matthew Mott at Welsh Fire.
South Africa’s Lizelle Lee heads to Manchester Originals.
England’s Tammy Beaumont will join her international captain Heather Knight at London Spirit. The pair last played together at Lord’s when England lifted the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.
It’s Birmingham Phoenix for hard-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine.
Devine's Kiwi compatriot Suzie Bates is now officially a Southern Brave player.
South London’s Oval Invincibles welcome South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk.
England duo Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, who were Trent Rockets’ first two picks on October 3, will have young Australia spinner Sophie Molineux joining them.
Alyssa Healy – who smashed a record-breaking 148 against the West Indies earlier this month – is heading to Northern Superchargers.
The newly selected marquee players will join the two England women’s centrally contracted players that each team announced at the start of the month.
Team Head Coaches have until May 31 to finalise their 15-strong squads.
Meg Lanning said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining up with Matthew Mott at Welsh Fire.
“We obviously know each other really well from working together for Australia and hopefully that can give us an edge.
“It’s really exciting to see the women’s squads begin to take shape, and hopefully alongside the men’s players who joined up in tonight’s draft we can give Welsh Fire a strong chance in the first season of The Hundred.”
London Spirit’s Tammy Beaumont added: “It’s hugely exciting to be joining Heather [Knight] and Freya [Davies] at London Spirit, and I look forward to when we will know our full squad.
“The competition is obviously getting closer and now we know the names, the kit and the players it’s all starting to feel real.
“There’s so much world-class talent across both competitions and we are keen to get started.”
The five-week competition will be played at the height of summer, starting July 2020, featuring eight new city-based teams; Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Trent Rockets, Birmingham Phoenix, Welsh Fire, Southern Brave, London Spirit & Oval Invincibles.
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