Former India coach Gary Kirsten to take charge of Cardiff-based outfit for The Hundred

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Former South Africa stalwart Gary Kirsten.

Former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten will take charge of the men’s Cardiff-based side for the inaugural edition of The Hundred next year.

Kirsten, whose international career as a batsman comprised of 101 Tests and 185 one-day internationals for the Proteas, oversaw India’s 2011 World Cup win while he led them and South Africa to the top of the Test rankings.

The 51-year-old has been at the helm of franchises in the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League while he will combine his role in the Welsh capital with coaching Twenty20 outfit Durban Heat.

Australia Women’s coach Matthew Mott will take the reins of the women’s franchise, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced.

Kirsten said: “To be involved in English and Welsh cricket from a coaching perspective is something that I have never done. It’s great to be given that opportunity and to come to Cardiff.

“This is a new format that I am sure will grow and grow. The real win is that it will grab the attention of families and expose the game of cricket to as many environments and communities as possible.”

Before his appointment at Durban came to light, Kirsten’s vast experience had seen him touted as a contender to replace outgoing England coach Trevor Bayliss.

Kirsten is the fourth men’s head coach to be unveiled for England’s new domestic eight-team competition – and the first non-Australian, with Simon Katich taking over in Manchester, Andrew McDonald in Birmingham and Shane Warne at Lord’s.

Mott, meanwhile, will continue in his position with Australia, who he guided to World Twenty20 glory last year, while they recently retained the Ashes under his supervision.

Mott, who spent three seasons as Glamorgan coach, leading them to the 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 final, said: “Cardiff is a special place for me and my family and that was a big part in my decision to return.

“I’ve got no doubt The Hundred will be a success for the women’s game. The Hundred will provide that sort of platform in England and Wales and I can’t speak highly enough of what that can mean for the game.”

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Virat Kohli leads India to 1-0 series lead against West Indies

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Virat Kohli‘s century and four wickets from Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India to a 59-run win over the West Indies in the second one-day international at Port of Spain.

Captain Kohli’s 120 led India to 279 for seven in their 50 overs, Shreyas Iyer adding 71 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 125 as Carlos Brathwaite took three for 53.

Rain reduced the target to 270 from 46 overs.

Chris Gayle passed Brian Lara’s West Indies record of 10,348 ODI runs but only progressed to 10,353 before he was trapped lbw by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 11.

Evan Lewis made 65 and put on 56 for the fourth wicket with Nicholas Pooran, who made 42.

But Kumar (four for 31) returned to dismiss Pooran and Roston Chase in the same over as the hosts lost three wickets for one run and their last six for 31.

India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, following an opening no-result.

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Shane Warne believes England pacer Jofra Archer can unsettle Steve Smith in Ashes battle

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Archer is set to make his England Test debut at Lord's.

Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that the introduction of Jofra Archer into the England pace attack for the second Ashes Test could be key to stopping Steve Smith early into his tracks.

Smith proved to be the scourge of England in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston with the right-hander registering twin tons (144 and 142) to set up a 251-run win for the Aussies. It took the Australian’s Ashes ton tally to 10 and he is now averaging nearly 140 in the last 10 Tests against England.

While England have been left searching for answers on how to dismiss Smith in his current form, Warne believes that Archer’s express pace and mean bounce could be just what they need to do the trick.

Archer is yet to make his Test debut for England with injury concerns keeping him out of the first Test but the Barbados-born pacer is in contention to make his bow at Lord’s in the second Test after proving his fitness in a Sussex second XI clash.

“Steve has been the star of the show so far but now we have Jofra joining his Royals (and England) teammates Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler,” Warne was quoted as saying by AFP.

“Obviously I would love to see Steve go on and score a hundred in every single innings for the rest of the Ashes but with Jofra coming in I think he’ll be set to face his biggest challenge yet and this could make the difference in the upcoming Tests.

“No one likes to face tall 90 mph bowlers.”

Archer played alongside Smith with Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League and Warne feels that the England pacer can use that stint to his advantage.

“The loss of (James) Anderson was such a blow for England and they will really need Jofra to step up, but I think he has all the attributes to do just that,” he said.

“They (Archer and Smith) will have faced each other a lot in the nets so if anyone will have a plan, it will be Jofra.”

The second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s is slated to get underway on August 14.

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