The Hundred – males’s preview: Will Southern Courageous retain the title or will there be a brand new identify on trophy? | Cricket Information


The 2022 version of The Hundred is almost upon us – the Southern Courageous males starting their title defence on Wednesday evening in opposition to Welsh Hearth, reside on Sky Sports activities – however will there be a brand new identify on trophy this 12 months? We check out the eight groups vying for the title…

Birmingham Phoenix

Final 12 months’s end: Runners-up (misplaced to Southern Courageous within the last)
First recreation: vs Trent Rockets (Saturday 6 August, 2.30pm)
Residence floor: Edgbaston
Head coach: Daniel Vettori

Abroad gamers: Matthew Wade (Australia), Adam Milne (New Zealand), Kane Richardson (Australia), Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Remainder of squad: Moeen Ali (captain), Chris Woakes, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Benny Howell, Tom Abell, Matthew Fisher, Will Smeed, Chris Benjamin, Miles Hammond, Graeme van Buuren, Henry Brookes, Dan Mousley

Ahead of the second edition of the Hundred, check out some of the star names to watch out for in this year's competition

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Forward of the second version of the Hundred, take a look at a number of the star names to be careful for on this 12 months’s competitors

Forward of the second version of the Hundred, take a look at a number of the star names to be careful for on this 12 months’s competitors

Gamers to look at: There is just one start line on the subject of Phoenix, and that is their do-it-all skipper Moeen Ali. Moeen was the fourth-highest scorer with 225 runs in seven matches, producing some memorable shows of big-hitting. The 35-year-old could have been barely disillusioned at his haul of 4 wickets however maintained a superb economic system of seven.28.

The primary attraction for the Phoenix – and maybe the entire males’s match – was England batter Liam Livingstone. He was in a league of his personal with 348 runs at a mean of 58 and has gone on to ascertain himself as a feared member of the nationwide workforce.

Whereas the Phoenix have an attention grabbing collection of abroad gamers, Imran Tahir’s show-stopping performances in final 12 months’s match, which included its first hat-trick, make him the box-office attraction.

Prospects for this season: After topping the group stage to qualify for final 12 months’s last, Phoenix know they’re able to producing outcomes. Whereas their workforce lacks the celebrity names of a few of their rivals, the balanced nature of their squad is more likely to make them contenders as soon as extra.

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Let the Minions clarify how The Hundred works!

London Spirit

Final 12 months’s end: Eighth in group stage
First recreation: vs Oval Invincibles (Thursday 4 August, 6.30pm)
Residence floor: Lord’s
Head coach: Trevor Bayliss

Abroad gamers: Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)*, Nathan Ellis (Australia), Ben McDermott (Australia)

Remainder of squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Zak Crawley, Mark Wooden, Liam Dawson, Dan Lawrence, Jordan Thompson, Mason Crane, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Wooden, Adam Rossington, Ravi Bopara, Toby Roland-Jones, Brad Wheal, Jamie Smith

*Josh Inglis (Australia) will exchange Glenn Maxwell when the latter is on worldwide responsibility

Australia's Glenn Maxwell adds some firepower to the London Spirit batting ranks

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell provides some firepower to the London Spirit batting ranks

Gamers to look at: Kieron Pollard and Glenn Maxwell pitch up at Lord’s with appreciable T20 match pedigree, albeit if, aged 35 and 33 respectively, their greatest years are behind them. The identical cannot be stated for 22-year-old scorching Surrey prospect Jamie Smith, who arrives as a wildcard choose this 12 months – maintain an eye fixed out for his precocious batting skills.

The Spirit bowling assault, in the meantime, has an actual Finals Day really feel to it as Messrs Wooden, Wheal, Dawson and Crane all shaped a part of Hampshire’s title-winning workforce within the Vitality Blast this 12 months. As did Australian seamer, Nathan Ellis, who had the bottom economic system charge amongst seamers within the match this season (6.87 runs an over) – such stinginess proving completely important as he efficiently defended 11 within the final over of an exciting win over Lancashire within the last itself (even despite his no-ball fake pas on what was initially regarded as the final ball).

The Sky Sports commentators were beside themselves as Hampshire claimed a dramatic one-run victory with the last ball of Vitality Blast final!

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The Sky Sports activities commentators had been beside themselves as Hampshire claimed a dramatic one-run victory with the final ball of Vitality Blast last!

The Sky Sports activities commentators had been beside themselves as Hampshire claimed a dramatic one-run victory with the final ball of Vitality Blast last!

Having impressed for Hobart Hurricanes within the Huge Bash, Ellis made his maiden T20I look for Australia in opposition to Bangladesh in August of final 12 months, changing into the primary cricketer in historical past to say a hat-trick on their T20I debut too!

Prospects for this season: England’s World Cup-winning pair of Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss – changing Shane Warne as head coach following his desperately unhappy passing earlier this 12 months – make for a formidable duo, nevertheless it’s possible too massive a job for them to instantly flip final 12 months’s basement dwellers into title contenders.

As London Spirit prepare for The Hundred, Ravi Bopara and Amara Carr reflect on the impact the tournament has had on cricket so far

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As London Spirit put together for The Hundred, Ravi Bopara and Amara Carr mirror on the influence the match has had on cricket thus far

As London Spirit put together for The Hundred, Ravi Bopara and Amara Carr mirror on the influence the match has had on cricket thus far

Manchester Originals

Final 12 months’s end: Sixth within the group stage
First recreation: vs Northern Superchargers (Friday 5 August, 6.30pm)
Residence floor: Emirates Outdated Trafford
Head coach: Simon Katich

Abroad gamers: Andre Russell (West Indies), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka), Sean Abbott (Australia), Ashton Turner (Australia)

Remainder of squad: Jos Buttler (captain), Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Laurie Evans, Daniel Worrall, Jamie Overton, Tom Hartley, Tom Lammonby, Colin Ackermann, Wayne Madsen, Fred Klaassen, Calvin Harrison, Richard Gleeson

Gamers to look at: Essentially the most sizeable change from this workforce’s mediocre meanderings in Manchester final 12 months to this will probably be within the availability of Jos Buttler.

Jos Buttler smashed a magnificent 106 - his record-equalling fourth ton of the tournament - to take Rajasthan Royals to the final of the IPL

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Jos Buttler smashed an impressive 106 – his record-equalling fourth ton of the match – to take Rajasthan Royals to the ultimate of the IPL

Jos Buttler smashed an impressive 106 – his record-equalling fourth ton of the match – to take Rajasthan Royals to the ultimate of the IPL

Buttler could properly have had a tricky time of it this summer season since taking up the England white-ball captaincy full time, however you want solely forged your thoughts again to the spring in India and his, frankly, ridiculous efforts within the IPL – main run-scorer with 863 runs, a record-equalling 4 a whole lot and an astronomical strike charge of 149.05 – to see simply how harmful he could be. The Originals had been aware of solely two video games’ value of his skills final 12 months as a consequence of his involvement within the Check workforce however can have his providers all through the 2022 marketing campaign.

Throw Phil Salt into the combo – who continues to hammer down England’s white-ball door and needs to be much-improved from his disappointing 17.42 common of final 12 months – together with the highly effective ball-striking of abroad execs Andre Russell and Wanindu Hasaranga, particularly, and it is a fearsome line-up taking form within the north-west.

As for the bowling division, leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson was their largest vivid spot from final 12 months – 9 wickets at 14.11 and barely conceding over a run a ball – whereas Richard Gleeson and Jamie Overton add some searing tempo into the combo. The latter, as he proved on his Check debut in opposition to New Zealand this summer season, may also give it a good whack with the willow.

Prospects for this season: The Originals have loads of firepower throughout all disciplines to awaken from their 2021 slumber and mount a real top-three problem. Buttler’s costs are this 12 months’s darkish horse.

Which international stars could light up The Hundred in 2022?

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Which worldwide stars might gentle up The Hundred in 2022?

Which worldwide stars might gentle up The Hundred in 2022?

Northern Superchargers

Final 12 months’s end: Fifth within the group stage
First recreation: vs Manchester Originals (Friday 5 August, 6.30pm)
Residence floor: Headingley
Head coach: James Foster

Abroad gamers: Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), David Wiese (Namibia)

Remainder of squad: David Willey (captain), Adil Rashid, Harry Brook, Adam Hose, Matthew Potts, John Simpson, Roelof van der Merwe, Adam Lyth, Michael Pepper, Callum Parkinson, Ben Raine, Jordan Clark

Gamers to look at: With Ben Stokes sitting out The Hundred to handle his workload, Superchargers will look to Harry Brook for a lot of their run-scoring. The Yorkshire batter has been in supreme type for Yorkshire in each red- and white-ball cricket thus far this summer season and amassed 189 runs in 5 innings for Superchargers final season at a strike charge over 150.

Harry Brook has forced his way into England contention through sheer weight of runs in 2022

Harry Brook has pressured his manner into England rivalry by way of sheer weight of runs in 2022

Bowling-wise, Superchargers have the most effective spinners on the earth in England’s Adil Rashid. The 34-year-old was joint-leading wicket-taker final 12 months with 12 scalps, regardless of Superchargers being knocked out within the group stage. A very memorable recreation noticed him dismiss Trent Rockets batters – and England team-mates – Joe Root and Dawid Malan for geese.

Rashid’s expertise ought to show important, as might that of South Africa’s Faf du Plessis and West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo. Du Plessis will hope to supply substantial runs, whilst you can rely on Bravo – a veteran of almost 550 T20 matches and 600 wickets – to ship an array of bowling variations.

Prospects for this season: Superchargers confirmed final 12 months by slamming 200 in opposition to Manchester Originals that they’ve the batting firepower so so much might relaxation on how properly Rashid is supported with the ball. David Willey, Wahab Riaz and Bravo may very well be sturdy foils however Matt Potts appears set to overlook a big chunk of the match as a consequence of England Check commitments.

England stars, international heroes - The Hundred has them all!

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England stars, worldwide heroes – The Hundred has all of them!

England stars, worldwide heroes – The Hundred has all of them!

Oval Invincibles

Final 12 months’s end: Fourth within the group stage
First recreation: vs London Spirit (Thursday 4 August, 6.30pm)
Residence floor: The Kia Oval
Head coach: Tom Moody

Abroad gamers: Sunil Narine (West Indies), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Hilton Cartwright (Australia), Mohammad Hasnain (Pakistan)

Remainder of squad: Sam Billings (captain), Jason Roy, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Will Jacks, Reece Topley, Danny Briggs, Pat Brown, Matt Milnes, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Nathan Sowter, Jack Haynes, Rory Burns

Reece Topley has impressed for England, including tearing through India's top order in the ODI series decider earlier this summer

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Reece Topley has impressed for England, together with tearing by way of India’s high order within the ODI collection decider earlier this summer season

Reece Topley has impressed for England, together with tearing by way of India’s high order within the ODI collection decider earlier this summer season

Gamers to look at: Invincibles look to have a fairly stacked squad – and one that’s unlikely to be overly disrupted by England Check call-ups – as they goal to higher final time period’s fourth-placed end.

Jason Roy and Will Jacks appear a formidable opening pair, regardless of Roy’s latest struggles with England. Rilee Rossouw can also be within the batting line-up – he smashed 42 sixes for Somerset on this 12 months’s Vitality Blast after which impressed for South Africa in opposition to England within the latest T20 worldwide collection. West Indies’ Sunil Narine can provide it a wallop, too.

Narine’s principal function, although, will include the ball. The off-spinner took seven wickets final season and is among the hardest bowlers to hit, as his T20 economic system charge of 6.02 testifies. Backing up Narine will probably be left-arm spinner Danny Briggs – who has joined from Courageous – and England left-arm seamers Reece Topley and Sam Curran. Topley has been in excellent type this summer season, whereas Curran is a possible game-changer with bat and ball.

Prospects for this season: With the aforementioned star names, plus Pakistan fast Mohammad Hasnain, tried-and-trusted county campaigners within the likes of Jack Leaning and Matt Milnes, and captain Sam Billings knitting issues collectively, Invincibles seem properly positioned to push for the title.

The fixtures and key dates for The Hundred 2022 were released earlier this year

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The fixtures and key dates for The Hundred 2022 had been launched earlier this 12 months

The fixtures and key dates for The Hundred 2022 had been launched earlier this 12 months

Southern Courageous

Final 12 months’s end: Winners (beat Birmingham Phoenix within the last)
First recreation: vs Welsh Hearth (Wednesday 3 August, 6.30pm)
Residence floor: The Ageas Bowl
Head coach: Mahela Jayawardene

Abroad gamers: Quinton de Kock (South Africa)*, Marcus Stoinis (Australia)**, Tim David (Singapore), Finn Allen (New Zealand)

Remainder of squad: James Vince (captain), Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, George Garton, Craig Overton, Alex Davies, Jake Lintott, Rehan Ahmed, Ross Whiteley, Joe Weatherley, Dan Moriarty, Michael Hogan

*James Fuller will step in for Quinton de Kock when the latter is on worldwide responsibility
**Paul Stirling (Eire) will step in for Marcus Stoinis when the latter is on worldwide responsibility

James Vince enjoyed a fantastic 2022 Vitality Blast campaign, finishing top-scorer as he took his Hampshire team to the title

James Vince loved a incredible 2022 Vitality Blast marketing campaign, ending top-scorer as he took his Hampshire workforce to the title

Gamers to look at: In James Vince, Quinton de Kock and Alex Davies, the Courageous boast three of final 12 months’s high eight run-scorers for the match. Vince too is available in contemporary from ending because the main run-getter on this 12 months’s Vitality Blast, together with his 678 for the match together with two tons and three fifties, and scored at a 146.12 strike charge as he steered Hampshire to a Finals Day victory to go together with his Hundred title from final 12 months.

Chris Jordan has been mightily spectacular for a struggling England outfit in T20 cricket this summer season, whereas Tymal Mills – so spectacular in The Hundred final 12 months, claiming eight wickets and conceding little greater than a run a ball, to pressure his manner again into the worldwide fold – has struggled for consistency since. However each undoubtedly carry searing tempo to a aspect once more sadly shorn of Jofra Archer’s providers – dominated out for the season as a consequence of a stress fracture of the decrease again.

Seventeen-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed was a star of England's run to the final in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year

Seventeen-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed was a star of England’s run to the ultimate within the Underneath-19 World Cup earlier this 12 months

Within the spin division, slow-left armer Jake Lintott returns to the workforce after a robust return of 11 wickets in his 9 outings final 12 months, whereas look out particularly for 17-year-old leg-spin prospect Rehan Ahmed, a part of England’s Underneath-19 World Cup workforce that completed runners-up to India earlier this 12 months and of whom there’s a lot pleasure surrounding.

Prospects for this season: The Courageous, as defending champs, won’t solely have a goal on their again however must take care of the kind of disruption that hardly ever troubled their settled aspect on their option to the title final 12 months. De Kock and fellow abroad star Marcus Stoinis are more likely to be misplaced to worldwide responsibility at factors, although Singapore’s T20 gun-for-hire Tim David’s type of belligerent hitting will assist in direction of plugging these holes. Will not have all of it their very own manner this 12 months however ought to nonetheless be within the shake-up come early September.

Southern Brave's Chris Jordan says he is looking forward to the second season of The Hundred and defending the title his side won last year

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Southern Courageous’s Chris Jordan says he’s wanting ahead to the second season of The Hundred and defending the title his aspect received final 12 months

Southern Courageous’s Chris Jordan says he’s wanting ahead to the second season of The Hundred and defending the title his aspect received final 12 months

Trent Rockets

Final 12 months’s end: Third (misplaced to Southern Courageous within the eliminator)
First recreation: vs Birmingham Phoenix (Saturday 6 August, 2.30pm)
Residence floor: Trent Bridge
Head coach: Andy Flower

Abroad gamers: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Marchant de Lange (South Africa), Daniel Sams (Australia)

*Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa) will exchange Rashid Khan when the latter is on worldwide responsibility

Remainder of squad: Lewis Gregory (captain), Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ian Cockbain, Luke Wooden, Samit Patel, Matt Carter, Steven Mullaney, Sam Cook dinner, Luke Fletcher, Tom Moores, Ben Mike

Gamers to look at: Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will miss a portion of the match as a consequence of worldwide commitments however will most likely gentle up the occasion when he’s right here. Like Adil Rashid, he pocketed 12 wickets within the 2021 marketing campaign, serving to Rockets into the eliminator. Rockets will positive miss Rashid when he’s absent, though South Africa wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is a removed from shabby alternative, they usually nonetheless have one other 12-wicket man from 2021 in burly paceman Marchant de Lange.

Watch the best of the action from the Hundred clash between Trent Rockets and Northern Superchargers as Alex Hales teed off

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Watch the most effective of the motion from the Hundred conflict between Trent Rockets and Northern Superchargers as Alex Hales teed off

Watch the most effective of the motion from the Hundred conflict between Trent Rockets and Northern Superchargers as Alex Hales teed off

Amongst a wholesome Nottinghamshire contingent is Samit Patel. The veteran continues to churn out runs and wickets in white-ball cricket, together with his haul for Rockets final season eight wickets and 179 runs. Patel will most likely be Rockets’ finisher with the bat however up high, it needs to be Alex Hales and Dawid Malan main the way in which for the Trent Bridge workforce, with Joe Root additionally more likely to play a pivotal function earlier than he hyperlinks up with England’s Check aspect.

Hales – who nonetheless harbours ambitions of taking part in for England as soon as once more – helped Rockets to a staggering comeback win over Superchargers final season, whereas Malan – set to be England’s No 3 on the T20 World Cup in Australia later this 12 months – amassed three half-centuries in 2021.

Prospects for this season: Respectable, you’d say. Wicket-taking bowlers, a raft of all-rounders, top-order runs and an intimate information of Trent Bridge. If Rockets do not make the highest three once more, they are going to be disillusioned.

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Watch each ball from The Hundred 2022, reside on Sky Sports activities

Watch each ball from The Hundred 2022, reside on Sky Sports activities

Welsh Hearth

Final 12 months’s end: Seventh within the group stage
First recreation: vs Southern Courageous (Wednesday 3 August, 6.30pm)
Residence floor: Sophia Gardens Cardiff
Head coach: Gary Kirsten

Abroad gamers: Adam Zampa (Australia), David Miller (South Africa), Naseem Shah (Pakistan), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)

Remainder of squad: Jonny Bairstow (captain), Ollie Pope, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Jake Ball, David Payne, Sam Hain, Leus du Plooy, Matt Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Jacob Bethell, Josh Cobb, George Scrimshaw

Somerset big-hitter Tom Banton returns to the Welsh Fire for the 2022 edition of The Hundred

Somerset big-hitter Tom Banton returns to the Welsh Hearth for the 2022 version of The Hundred

Gamers to look at: Jonny Bairstow is the plain one after his spellbinding summer season thus far however his involvement will probably be restricted by England Check responsibility – the identical goes for Ollie Pope – so Hearth will want South Africa’s David Miller in addition to Tom Banton, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett and Sam Hain to, properly, hearth.

The potential is certainly there within the batting division with 18-year-old Jacob Bethell – whose runs helped England to the Underneath-19 World Cup last within the West Indies in February – a possible breakout star.

Bowling-wise, nobody managed to achieve double figures for wickets final season – Qais Ahmad topped out with eight. There isn’t a Qais this 12 months for Hearth however his fellow Afghanistan spinner, 17-year-old Noor Ahmad, has been signed, as has 19-year-old Pakistan fast Naseem Shah, who’s the youngest bowler to take a Check match hat-trick, doing so aged 16 in 2020. Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa additionally appears a shrewd acquisition.

Prospects for this season: Hearth will hope to higher final season’s second-bottom end, throughout which they slipped to 5 successive defeats as soon as Bairstow linked up with England. Any enchancment might hinge on whether or not they have the bowling firepower, a facet of their recreation that may take a success when Zampa goes on worldwide responsibility.

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