England World Cup winning captains Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight have officially been selected for the London Spirit men’s and women’s teams respectively.
Joining Morgan on the men’s team will be talented Essex batsman Dan Lawrence and England Test opener Rory Burns. The players were selected in the first stage of The Hundred Men’s Draft, which culminates live on Sky, on 20th October.
The women’s team has also picked their first players, each announcing two of the centrally contracted England Women players in the first stage of the Player Selection Process. Playing alongside Heather Knight on the women’s team will also be rising England star bowler Freya Davies.
Also revealed is the identity and kit for London Spirit, which will feature Tyrrells as its KP Snacks official Team Partner.
London Spirit Player Confirmations
– Men’s team: Rory Burns (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (Local Icons)
– Women’s team: Heather Knight and Freya Davies (England Women’s central contract picks)The men’s team, based at Lord’s, will go head-to-head with stars from seven other teams in the competition, including England Test captain Joe Root – who has joined Trent Rockets – and England’s star bowler of the summer, Jofra Archer, for Southern Brave. London Spirit will also face England World Cup winners Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes as part of Birmingham Phoenix and all-rounder Ben Stokes in Northern Superchargers squad.
The women’s team, which will be playing at The Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford and The County Ground in Northampton, will face off against Anya Shrubsole – Knight’s vice-captain for England – who is playing alongside Danni Wyatt at Southern Brave. Nat Sciver will join Trent Rockets, alongside Katherine Brunt, and Manchester Originals welcome Sophie Ecclestone, the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year for 2018.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to use my experience as England captain to help the side be successful”
England’s Eoin Morgan said: “The calibre of players and head coaches taking part in The Hundred just demonstrates what an incredible time this is for English and Welsh cricket.
“It’s fantastic to be representing London Spirit and playing under Shane Warne. The Hundred will provide a great opportunity for current and aspiring young players to showcase their talent in the build up to next year’s T20 World Cup.
“I’m excited about what we can achieve as a team and hopefully I can contribute to our success.”
England captain Heather Knight said: “I’m really excited to be representing London Spirit in the first season of The Hundred. Hopefully I’ll be able to use my experience as England captain to help the side be successful.
“I think 2020 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for the development of women’s cricket, and The Hundred will be central to us getting more people watching, playing and following the game.”
The final stage of the The Hundred Draft is set to provide an historic first for British sport when it is staged on Sunday, October 20. It will be broadcast live on Sky One and Sky Sports, with extensive coverage across the BBC.
The five-week competition will be played at the height of summer, starting July 2020, featuring eight new city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and the Oval).
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