Last night saw the draw for the new cricket tournament The Hundred, this is a breakdown of all the men’s teams…
Trent Rockets – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
Place of play: Trent Bridge – Nottingham
England Test player: Joe Root
Local icons: Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire, £100k), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire, £75k)
Overseas players: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan, £125k), D’Arcy Short (Australia, £125k), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Australia, £75k)
Rest of the squad: Lewis Gregory, Somerset (£100k), Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire, £60k), Matthew Carter (Nottinghamshire, £60k), Luke Wood (Nottinghamshire, £50k), Tom Moores (Nottinghamshire, £50k), Dawid Malan (Middlesex, 40k), Ben Cox (Worcestershire, £40k), Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire, £30k), Luke Wright (Sussex, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: They have taken massive advantage of the ability to pick Nottinghamshire players, those who have been selected will have a home advantage.
Southern Brave – Hampshire and Sussex
Place of play: Rose Bowl – Southhampton
England Test player: Jofra Archer
Local Icons – James Vince (Hampshire, £100k), Chris Jordan (Sussex, £75k)
Overseas players: Andre Russell (West Indies, £125k), David Warner (Australia, £125k), Shadab Khan (Pakistan, £75k)
Rest of the squad: Liam Dawson (Hampshire, £100k), Tymal Mills (Sussex, £60k), Ross Whiteley (Worcestershire, £60k), Delray Rawlins (Sussex, £50k), Ollie Pope (Surrey, £50k), George Garton (Sussex, 40k), Alex Davies (Lancashire, £40k), Max Waller (Somerset, £30k), Craig Overton (Somerset, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: Russell and Warner are key players for this side. Interesting pick between the rest of the squad.
Northern Superchargers – Yorkshire and Northumberland
Place of play: Headingley – Leeds
England Test player: Ben Stokes
Local icons: Adil Rashid (Yorkshire, £100k), David Willey (Yorkshire, 75k)
Overseas players: Aaron Finch (Australia, £125k), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan, £125k), Chris Lynn (Australia, £100k)
Rest of the squad: Adam Lyth (Yorkshire, £75k)Richard Gleeson (Lancashire, £60k), Ben Foakes (Surrey, £60k), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire, £50k), David Wiese (Sussex, £50k), Nathan Rimmington (Durham, £40k), Brydon Carse (Durham, £40k), Ed Barnard (Worcestershire, £30k), John Simpson (Middlesex, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: One of the stronger sides and seems pretty balanced with both batting and bowling attack.
Welsh Fire – Somerset, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan
Place of play: Sophia Gardens – Cardiff
England Test player: Jonny Bairstow
Local icons: Tom Banton (Somerset, £100k), Colin Ingram (Glamorgan, £100k)
Overseas players: Steve Smith (Australia, £125k), Mitchell Starc (Australia, £125k), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan, £60k)
Rest of squad: Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire, £75k), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire, £75k), Simon Harmer (Essex, £60k), Liam Plunkett (Surrey, £50k), Ryan ten Doeschate (Essex, £50k), David Payne (Gloucestershire, £40k), Ryan Higgins (Gloucestershire, £40k), Danny Briggs (Sussex, £30k), Leus du Plooy (Derbyshire, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: Dominate in the batting, lacking variety of bowlers.
Steve Smith, speaking to Sky Sports, commented: “It’s great to be involved in the first-ever 100-ball competition, and I’m really looking forward to joining Welsh Fire with Jonny Bairstow and Mitchell Starc. It’s really exciting for cricket and it’s going to be full of fire”
Oval Invincibles – Surrey and Kent
Place of play: The Oval – London
England Test player: Sam Curran
Local icons: Jason Roy (Surrey, £125k), Tom Curran (Surrey, £75k)
Overseas players: Sunil Narine (West Indies, £125k), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal, £100k), Fabian Allen (West Indies, £50k)
Rest of squad: Sam Billings (Kent, £100k), Rilee Rossouw (Hampshire, £75k), Reece Topley (unattached, £60k), Hardus Viljoen (Kent, £60k), Alex Blake (Kent, £50k), Chris Wood (Hampshire, £40k), Will Jacks (Surrey, £40k), Nathan Sowter (Middlesex, £30k), Laurie Evans (Sussex, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: The Curran brothers are used to playing at the Oval and will use this to their advantage.
Jason Roy says; ‘It was so fun the see the squads unfolding with quite a few surprises. Some of the squads look extremely strong. The squad standards are pretty high on paper so it will be incredible to watch,
The international players are the ones to watch, Sunil Narine can bashing it round the park and is a master with ball in hand and Sandeep Lamichhane is only 19 and hes a little master as well. Hes always learning and wanting to get better,
No matter where you’re from, this tournament is great for players to prove themselves and to become one of the best players in the world.’
Manchester Originals – Lancashire
Place of play: Old Trafford Cricket Ground – Manchester
England Test player: Jos Buttler
Local icons: Matt Parkinson (Lancashire, £75k), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire, £75k)
Overseas players: Imran Tahir (South Africa, £125k), Dan Christian (Australia, £60k), Mitchell Santner (New Zealand, £50k)
Rest of squad: Dane Vilas (Lancashire, £125k), Phil Salt (Sussex, £100k), Tom Abell (Somerset, £100k), Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire, £60k), Wayne Parnell (Worcestershire, £50k), Joe Clarke (Nottinghamshire, £40k), Marchant de Lange (Glamorgan, £40k), Ed Pollock (Warwickshire, £30k), Eddie Byrom (Somerset, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: Side will switch between Buttler and Vilas in keeping when Buttler has international commitments.
London Spirit – Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire
Place of play: Lord’s – London
England Test player: Rory Burns
Local icons: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, £125k), Dan Lawrence (Essex, £60k)
Overseas players: Glenn Maxwell (Australia, £125k), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan, £100k), Mohammad Amir (Pakistan, £100k)
Rest of squad: Mark Wood (Durham, £75k), Roelof van der Merwe (Somerset, £75k), Joe Denly (Kent, £60k), Mason Crane (Hampshire, £50k), Kyle Abbott (Hampshire, £50k), Adam Rossington (Northamptonshire, £40k), Zak Crawley (Kent, £40k), Jade Dernbach (Surrey, £30k), Luis Reece (Derbyshire, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: Morgan worked closely with coach Shane Warne to select the rest of the squad in last nights draft – seems a decent side.
Birmingham Phoenix – Warwickshire and Worcestershire
Place of play: Edgbaston – Birmingham
England Test player: Chris Woakes
Local icons: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire, £125k), Pat Brown (Worcestershire, £60k)
Overseas players: Kane Williamson (New Zealand, £100k), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan, £60k), Adam Zampa (Australia, £40k)
Rest of squad: Liam Livingstone (Lancashire, £125k), Ravi Bopara (Sussex, £100k), Benny Howell (Gloucestershire, £75k), Tom Helm (Middlesex, £75k), Adam Hose (Warwickshire, £50k), Cameron Delport (Essex, £50k), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire, £40k), Riki Wessels (Worcestershire, £30k), Chris Cooke (Glamorgan, £30k)
Newsroom thoughts: Strong combination between overseas players and local icons as well as Woakes. It will be interesting to see who will do well on the pitch.
Newsrooms overall thoughts about the tournament:
A lot of heads were turned for the better last night after watching the draft. There has been talk for so long about the new format and last night, everything was explained in full. Many international players were interviewed and everyone seems up for the tournament. We have the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and this is another new franchise of the game and it will be exciting to see how successful it is.
Brief breakdown of the women’s teams so far:
Players picked before draft: Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt
New signings: Sophie Molineux
Playing at – County Ground, Derby and Grace Road.
Players picked before draft: Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt
New signings: Suzie Bates
Playing at – County Ground, Hove.
Players picked before draft: Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith
New signings: Alyssa Healy
Playing at – York Cricket Club and South Northumberland Cricket Club
Players picked before draft: Katie George, Bryony Smith
New signings: Meg Lanning
Playing at – Bristol County Ground and County Ground, Taunton
Players picked before draft: Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
New signings: Dane van Niekerk
Playing at – County Ground, Beckenham.
Players picked before draft: Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
New signings: Lizelle Lee
Playing at – Yet to be confirmed.
Players picked before draft: Heather Knight, Freya Davies
New signings: Tammy Beaumont
Playing at – County Ground, Chelmsford and the County Ground, Northampton.
Players picked before draft: Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon
New signings: Sophie Devine
Playing at – New Road, Worcester.