The Hundred returns in 2022 after the inaugural edition of English cricket’s franchise short-format competition was held last year. Pre-tournament favourites Southern Brave became the first men’s champions, and will be hoping to again assemble a strong squad in the player draft. Teams were permitted to retain up to ten men’s players from 2021, negotiating new contracts during the retention window. After the retention period, there are 42 open spots across the eight teams to be filled in a snake-draft system held remotely.
Welsh Fire have the most spots to fill, with seven, while the defending champions and Trent Rockets have only four players to recruit. London Spirit have the top pick having finished last in 2021. Each team has a single “Right to Match” card that can be used to match the bid made by another outfit for a player under contract in 2021, provided they have a pick in the necessary salary band. 17 overseas and 25 domestic players will be slotted to teams during the draft, before squads are filled out by one overseas and one domestic wildcard in July.
While international commitments may impact on availability, there are a number of high-profile overseas stars likely to attract top-bracket attention – with David Warner, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell chief among them. Batters Laurie Evans, who failed to agree a retention deal with the Oval Invincibles, and Joe Clarke could capitalise on strong winter performances and be high-ticket domestic options.
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Manchester Originals Men’s Squad in Full
And as for the Manchester Originals…
- Jos Buttler (centrally contracted)
- Ollie Robinson (centrally contracted)
- Andre Russell (overseas, £125,000)
- Laurie Evans (£125,000)
- Wanindu Hasaranga (overseas, £100,000)
- Phil Salt (£100,000)
- Daniel Worrall (£75,000)
- Matt Parkinson (£75,000)
- Sean Abbott (overseas, £60,000)
- Jamie Overton (£60,000)
- Tom Hartley (£50,000)
- Tom Lammonby (£50,000)
- Colin Ackermann (£40,000)
- Wayne Madsen (£40,000)
- Fred Klaasen (£30,000)
- Calvin Harrison (£30,000)
Potential XI when all available: Salt, Buttler (c, wk), Evans, Ackermann, Lammonby, Russell, Overton, Hasaranga, Abbott, Worrall, Parkinson.
If Manchester Originals are to contend they may need some domestic signings like Jamie Overton and Tom Lammonby to kick-on, with the squad on paper lacking in proven middle-order franchise players and a consistent pace bowling enforcer. The strengths are clear, though, and considerable: Phil Salt, Jos Buttler and Laurie Evans is an extremely good English top three, Andre Russell speaks for himself and the dual leg-spin attack of Wanindu Hasaranga and Matt Parkinson should be mighty fun indeed.
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:35
Northern Superchargers Men’s Squad in Full
Again, there will be two more wildcards added to this
Northern Superchargers Men’s Squad
- Ben Stokes (centrally contracted)
- Dwayne Bravo (overseas, £125,000)
- Adil Rashid (£125,000)
- Faf du Plessis (overseas, £100,000)
- David Willey (£100,000)
- Wahab Riaz (overseas, £75,000)
- Harry Brook (£75,000)
- Adam Hose (£60,000)
- Brydon Carse (£60,000)
- Matthew Potts (£50,000)
- John Simpson (£50,000)
- Roelof van der Merwe (£40,000)
- Adam Lyth (£40,000)
- Luke Wright (£30,000)
- Callum Parkinson (£30,000)
Potential XI when all available: Lyth, du Plessis, Willey, Stokes (c), Brook, Simpson (wk), Bravo, Riaz, Rashid, Carse, Parkinson.
A deep batting lineup, but perhaps lacking in a dominant lower-order hitter – Bravo is best suited to a more limited role at this stage of his career. Equally, while there will be plenty of bowling options at the captain’s disposal, a second international class spinner could have been valuable – though there is a lot to like about Callum Parkinson, and van der Merwe has so much experience.
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:27
Manchester Originals’ new West Indian recruits on joining the team at Old Trafford
Deandra Dottin: “I’m really excited to be joining Manchester Originals this summer.
“The first year of The Hundred was a breakthrough moment for the women’s game and it can go to another level this year.
“We’ve got some of the best players in the world and we want to make Emirates Old Trafford a fortress in front of our incredible fans.”
Andre Russell: “I’m excited to get across to the UK and get on the field for Manchester Originals this season.
“Emirates Old Trafford always has a brilliant atmosphere and the fans seem really up for it!
“I’m looking forward to joining the likes of Wanindu [Hasaranga], Jos [Buttler], [Phil] Salty and the rest of the guys and seeing what I can bring to the side.”
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:20
Jenny Gunn to call Headingley her Hundred home in 2022
On the women’s side of the franchise, much of Danielle Hazell’s squad was already in place ahead of the 2022 season, but the former England spinner has called in her long-time teammate Jenny Gunn to bolster the pace ranks at Headingley, a ground that Gunn knows well.
Spinner Lucy Higham is signed from Trent Rockets.
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:17
Dwayne Bravo drafted by the Northern Superchargers
Another West Indian all-rounder? Of course! As was anticipated, Northern Superchargers have looked to solidify their death bowling options for 2022 by taking Dwayne Bravo with their top draft choice. No cricketer has more T20 wickets than Bravo, whose wiles will be handy at Headingley.
New head coach James Foster has favoured experience elsewhere, too, with Wahab Riaz left-arm pace a useful complement for Bravo, and Luke Wright one of the most consistent players at the top of the order in the shorter formats for more than a decade. Roelof van der Merwe has no shortage of games at the highest level, either.
Wahab Riaz (O – Trent Rockets)
Adam Hose (Birmingham Phoenix)
Roelof van der Merwe (London Spirit)
Luke Wright (Trent Rockets)
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:13
Deandra Dottin the marquee signing for Manchester Originals Women
Continuing the theme of West Indian all-rounders, Deandra Dottin has signed for the Manchester Originals after being based at the London Spirit last year. She will be joined by experienced middle-order batter Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand, who is set for a first appearance in The Hundred. Phoebe Graham, stalwart of the domestic scene in England, was rewarded with a professional contract at the North West Thunder during the winter and comes over to Manchester in The Hundred, too.
Deandra Dottin (O – London Spirit)
Ami Campbell (Northern Superchargers)
Phoebe Graham (Northern Superchargers)
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:09
Manchester Originals add Andre Russell with top bracket men’s draft pick
Andre Russell will be plying his trade at Old Trafford in The Hundred next summer, joining a power-packed batting order also bolstered by the addition of Laurie Evans.
Wanindu Hasaranga has also been drafted – the Sri Lankan is a real emerging all-round superstar, outstanding in the field, more than handy with the bat and now a top leg-spinner. Australian Sean Abbott completes a complement of overseas all-rounders and should take the new ball, while compatriot Daniel Worrall qualifies as a domestic player.
Andre Russell (O – Southern Brave)
Laurie Evans (Oval Invincibles)
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 13:05
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County Championship Talking Points
And here are a few potential storylines to look out for.
Harry Latham-Coyle5 April 2022 12:54