With two World Cup winners at the helm, the Northern Superchargers also have the ‘Hero of Headingley’ as Ben Stokes returns to the scene of his most famous shot …
Women’s team (overseas players in bold)
Lauren Winfield-Hill (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues (India), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Laura Kimmince (Australia), Hollie Armitage, Ami Campbell, Katie Levick, Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sterre Kalis, Kalea Moore, Phoebe Graham
Men’s team (foreign players in bold)
Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Chris Lynn (Australia), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Brydon Carse, John Simpson, Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook, Callum Parkinson, Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine
Coaches: Darren lehmann looks after the male side, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He scored the winning points when Australia won the World Cup in 1999, one of 117 ODIs he played for his country, and racked up the points during his time at Emerald Headingley with Yorkshire. As a coach his success continued as during his time as head coach of Australia he won two Ashes series and the 2015 World Cup. Women are led by Dani Hazell, the former England international who retired in 2019, and is the coach of the Northern Diamonds in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. As part of England’s 2017 World Cup winner and two-time Ashes winner, she knows what it takes to be successful.
Stadium: Headingley Emerald
Male star players: “You can not do that, Ben stokes! “Oh, but he can – name him, there’s a good chance the English all-rounder can do it. He’s not a world cricket superstar for nothing. Then there’s Adil rachid, the English leggie has still been stunning on the international scene for several years now and could end up bowling in tandem with the mysterious spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman – an enticing prospect. Hard hitting australian Chris lynn and former English left-hander Adam lyth could also provide one of the most formidable opening pairs in the competition.
The star players: Having burst onto the scene, making it international at 16, Jemimah Rodrigues, now 20, has been singled out as a future gaming superstar and The Hundred could provide the Indian right-hander with the perfect stage to start realizing her vast potential. England World Cup winner Lauren Winfield-Hill is a powerful presence at the top of the order and will be the captain of the side, while the uncapped spinner Katie levic has taken more wickets in English domestic cricket than any other bowler in the women’s game and now has the chance to show she is worthy of international call.
How far can the men’s team go? While Stokes is still striving to reach his peak physical shape and prepares to leave for the test in early August, the Superchargers will lose some superstar quality. However, both as a player and as a coach, Lehmann has shown that he knows how to win and, while his team may not be pre-tournament favorites, with top-level and extremely experienced players. such as captain Faf du Plessis, Rashid and David Willey and an exciting generation of young players – Brydon Carse, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson, Callum Parkinson – he will feel he has the tools to challenge the odds.
How far can the women’s team go? On paper Hazell’s side should be seen as an underdog, but the 100-ball format is expected to produce plenty of tight finishes, giving some lesser-known players a chance to make a name for themselves and if their big names can step up. in times of pressure too, then there is no reason why they should not surprise a few people and lobby for the day of the final.
The Hundred begins with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, July 21, with the men’s competition starting a day later at the same venue.
Sky Sports will broadcast all 68 games live – 34 women and 34 men – while all the women games and a significant number of the men games will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube Channel.