Overseas stars. England internationals. Outstanding domestic players. The eight teams in The Hundred continue to build their Men’s and Women’s squads.
The Men’s Retention Window is complete. And the teams have confirmed which players they want to keep. The latest stars to sign up for both the Men’s and Women’s squads are announced today.
All eight men’s sides will pick the remainder of their squads in the upcoming Men’s Draft where 35 spaces will be up for grabs. Manchester Originals will be the busiest side with ten slots to fill while Welsh Fire have seven. The picks, along with further women’s signings, will be announced throughout the day on 23 February.
Australian captain Aaron Finch leads the group joining Northern Superchargers. He will captain the Emerald Headingley-based side. His compatriot Chris Lynn, Afghanistan spin bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman and domestic wicket-keeper John Simpson join England bowlers Beth Langston and Linsey Smith.
Aaron Finch said:
“I loved my time as a player at Yorkshire and I’m really looking forward to getting back up there and hopefully putting on a show. We have a batting line-up that can do some damage and with some smart additions at the draft we should have a very strong squad.”
England’s Men’s World Cup winner Mark Wood stays with London Spirit. Three other England players line up there too: Mason Crane, Freya Davies and Joe Denly. They’re accompanied by genius Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
Freya Davies added:
“Lord’s is a brilliant place to play cricket and it’ll be really special to call it home with London Spirit this summer. The Hundred is a fantastic opportunity, representing another important step in growing the sport for women and girls.”
Birmingham Phoenix have strengthened with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and world-class fast bowler Shaheen Afridi joining the ranks. Hard-hitting batter Liam Livingstone and Issy Wong, an exciting young quick bowler, will also play at Edgbaston.
Kane Williamson commented:
“I’m really pleased to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix. It's always been great to play against Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes and it’ll be exciting to line up alongside them. You want to test yourself against the best and that’s what The Hundred is all about.”
Three big-name overseas players arrive at Southern Brave. New Zealand’s magician Amelia Kerr joins the Women’s squad. While West Indies legend Andre Russell and Australia’s Marcus Stoinis become part of the Men’s squad.
Amelia Kerr said:
“I’m so excited to represent Southern Brave in The Hundred. Hopefully, I can complement what is already an incredibly talented team and it’s great to see so many amazing international players going head-to-head. I'm looking forward to putting on a show and continuing to put the women’s game on the map.”
South Africa Women’s captain Dane van Niekerk leads the list of Oval Invincibles retentions. The Women’s squad is further strengthened by Scotland international Sarah Bryce plus youngsters Alice Capsey and Jo Gardner. England’s Sam Billings and Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane are added to the Men’s squad.
Trent Rockets have appointed Lewis Gregory as Men’s Captain. Gregory will be able to call upon the services of Australian pair Nathan Coulter-Nile and D’Arcy Short. Domestic women’s stars Nancy Harman and Lucy Higham will join too.
Another of England’s Men’s World Cup winners is coming to The Hundred. Liam Plunkett is retained by Welsh Fire, alongside Afghanistan spin bowler Qais Ahmad. Ryan Higgins and David Payne also join the Men’s squad, while Amy Gordon will stay in Cardiff with the Women’s squad.
Manchester Originals have gone for a local flavour. England and Lancashire-based spin bowlers Alex Hartley and Matt Parkinson will play at Emirates Old Trafford. Local players Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Emma Lamb and Ellie Threlkeld will too.
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