From Manchester Originals to Trent Rockets - All you need to know about The Hundred's inaugural edition

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    The first players have been selected for the inaugural edition of The Hundred, an eight-team competition spread across five weeks that is set to launch next summer.

    England’s Test stars were picked in the first stage of the draft process on Thursday, with ‘icon’ players from each side’s catchment area also chosen, while the team names were finally confirmed.

    Ben Stokes was chosen ahead of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow by the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers, meaning the Yorkshire pair will not compete for their ‘home’ side in The Hundred.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board’s brainchild has led to some controversy since it was announced as a new format, consisting of 100 balls per side with traditional six-ball overs banished.

    Here, the PA news agency takes a look at each city-based franchise.


    Name: Northern Superchargers

    Venue: Headingley

    Representing: Yorkshire and Durham

    Coach: Darren Lehmann

    England Test Player: Ben Stokes

    Local Icons: Adil Rashid & David Willey

    Northern Superchargers had an embarrassment of riches to choose from for their England Test player pick, but opted for Stokes, with Root and Bairstow set to play away from their home ground Headingley.


    Name: Manchester Originals

    Venue: Old Trafford

    Representing: Lancashire

    Coach: Simon Katich

    England Test Player: Jos Buttler

    Local Icons: Saqib Mahmood & Matt Parkinson

    With James Anderson acting as a ‘mentor’ in the competition rather than a player, Manchester Originals had a simple pick to take Jos Buttler. Their icon player choice was trickier, with Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood getting the nod over Liam Livingstone.


    Name: Trent Rockets

    Venue: Trent Bridge

    Representing: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire

    Coach: Stephen Fleming

    England Test Player: Joe Root

    Local Icons: Alex Hales & Harry Gurney

    Root was scooped up by the Trent Rockets, who are also able to boast one of the world’s most destructive T20 batsmen in Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales as one of their local icons.


    Name: Birmingham Phoenix

    Venue: Edgbaston

    Representing: Warwickshire and Worcestershire

    Coach: Andrew McDonald

    England Test Player: Chris Woakes

    Local Icons: Moeen Ali & Pat Brown

    Chris Woakes was the only England Test player available to the Birmingham Phoenix with Moeen Ali having lost his red-ball contract, but the Worcestershire all-rounder was a simple choice as local icon alongside his county team-mate Pat Brown – who has been rewarded for superb Vitality Blast form.


    Name: Welsh Fire

    Venue: Sophia Gardens

    Representing: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset

    Coach: Gary Kirsten

    England Test Player: Jonny Bairstow

    Local Icons: Tom Banton & Colin Ingram

    Bairstow will spearhead the Welsh Fire, who also pick Somerset’s Tom Banton. The wicketkeeper-batsman has burst onto the scene with scintillating white-ball form this season and is rewarded with a pick in The Hundred. Gary Kirsten is currently the coach, although he has been linked strongly to the vacant position as England head coach.

    North London

    Name: London Spirit

    Venue: Lord’s

    Representing: Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire

    Coach: Shane Warne

    England Test Player: Rory Burns

    Local Icons: Eoin Morgan & Dan Lawrence

    England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan does not have a Test contract but is the eye-catching name in the London Spirit squad. They also choose Essex batsman Dan Lawrence as a local icon, with Rory Burns their Test player.

    South London

    Name: Oval Invincibles

    Venue: The Oval

    Representing: Surrey and Kent

    Coach: Tom Moody

    England Test Player: Sam Curran

    Local Icons: Jason Roy & Tom Curran

    The Curran brothers are, unsurprisingly, paired together alongside Jason Roy – who was not handed a red-ball contract after a disappointing start to his Test career.


    Name: Southern Brave

    Venue: Ageas Bowl

    Representing: Hampshire and Sussex

    Coach: Mahela Jayawardene

    England Test Player: Jofra Archer

    Local Icons: James Vince & Chris Jordan

    Jofra Archer’s stunning arrival on the international scene made him a certainty for the Southern Brave, where he lines up alongside Sussex team-mate and friend Chris Jordan as well as Hampshire’s James Vince.

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