England captains Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight have been selected to lead the men's and women's London Spirit teams. Here's what they have to say.
Having captained their respective England side's to World Cup glory, it's time for Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight to translate that into Hundred success with London Spirit
"I can’t wait to get started as captain of the London Spirit men’s team. It’s going to be a hugely exciting new competition and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.
"From a men’s perspective, the draft went fantastically well for Spirit. The opportunity to sit down and plan with Shane and the team for a few weeks before the draft was hugely beneficial and in all the mock drafts we did we never thought Glenn Maxwell would reach us at the seventh pick.
"We have an outstanding squad with the likes of Mark Wood, Mohammad Nabi and Dan Lawrence. I can’t wait to lead them alongside Shane."
"I am delighted to have been asked to lead the London Spirit women’s team by Trevor. He is a fantastic coach and I really enjoyed working with him during the Kia Super League. I also really love the challenge of captaincy and a new format in a new competition offers something really ground-breaking for the sport.
"That opportunity is even more apparent in the women’s game and while we haven’t confirmed our full squad yet, it has been great to announce Tammy Beaumont and Deandra Dottin.
"They are two of the best players in the women’s game and both have got previous in terms of winning things. They are two great additions alongside Freya Davies.
"The signing process across the women’s competition has been absolutely fascinating to be a part of. Never before in the women’s game have we had a fully open-market system like this. Players have been making their own calls and weighing up what matters most to them – for example, where they’re going to live or where they’ll find themselves in the batting order. I can’t wait to see our final confirmed squad, and it’s also great to work with Trevor Griffin again.
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