Analysing the Strength and Weakness of all Teams in “The Hundred”

With less than 100 days to go for “The Hundred” which is unequivocally the world’s much-awaited and anticipated competition, there are a lot of discussions going around the teams, players to watch out for, and which team has a strong chance of winning the inaugural competition.

A total of eight teams will be participating. Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Southern Brave, Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire will lock horns against each other in the month-long tournament that kick starts on July 21. Each team has a good mix of international stars and domestic talent.

 

The Hundred. PC: Getty Images
The Hundred. PC: Getty Images

 

Here are the eight squads that will be hitting the ground:

 

Birmingham Phoenix London Spirit Manchester Originals Northern Superchargers Oval Invincibles Southern Brave Trent Rockets Welsh Fire
Sophie Devine* Deandra Dottin* Kate Cross* Hollie Armitage Fran Wilson* Maia Bouchier Katherine Brunt* Katie George*
Amy Jones* Naomi Dattani Danielle Collins Nicola Carey* Georgia Adams Freya Kemp Nat Sciver* Alex Griffiths
Ria Fackrell Heather Knight* Mignon du Preez* Alice Davidson-Richards Tash Farrant Tara Norris Elyse Villani* Georgia Hennessy
Ashleigh Gardner* Amara Carr Alice Dyson Helen Fenby Megan Belt Carla Rudd Kathryn Bryce Lauren Filer
Marie Kelly Aylish Cranstone Cordelia Griffith Alyssa Healy* Eva Gray Paige Scholfield Abbey Freeborn Sophie Luff
Evelyn Jones Danielle Gibson Hannah Jones Bess Heath Marizanne Kapp* Anya Shrubsole* Nancy Harman Natasha Wraith
Emily Arlott Susie Rowe Lizelle Lee* Beth Langston Rhianna Southby Stafanie Taylor* Lucy Higham Amy Gordon
Kirstie Gordon* Chloe Tryon* Georgie Boyce Katie Levick Sarah Bryce Danni Wyatt* Sophie Molineux* Meg Lanning*
Phoebe Franklin Charlie Dean Natalie Brown Linsey Smith* Alice Capsey Lauren Bell Annabel Sutherland* Beth Mooney*
Abtaha Maqsood Freya Davies* Ellie Threlkeld Lauren Winfield-Hill* Jo Gardner Sonia Odedra Michaela Kirk Bryony Smith
Thea Brookes Hannah Jones Alex Hartley Georgia Davis Dane Van Niekerk* Amelia Kerr* Ellie Mitchell Sarah Taylor*
Gwen Davies Sophie Munro Emma Lamb   Rachael Haynes* Fi Morris   Georgia Wareham*
Isabelle Wong Tammy Beaumont* Sophie Ecclestone*   Mady Villiers*

 

Sophia Dunkley

 

   
Georgia Elwiss       Rachael Haynes* Suzie Bates*    
Ellyse Perry*              

* Players who have represented/represent their country

There are a total of 38 players who have either always played for their country or are currently representing their nation in the mix.

Team Players who have represented/represent their country Total players
Australia Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Elyse Villani, Sophie Molineux, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham 12
England Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon, Freya Davies, Heather Knight, Kate Cross, Linsey Smith, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Fran Wilson, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Katie George, Sarah Taylor, Mady Villiers 17
New Zealand Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates 3
South Africa Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk 5
West Indies Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor 2

 

Though all the squads look nice and solid on paper, if there is one team that can give the remaining seven sides a run for their money, it could be Birmingham Phoenix. A strong squad consisting of 15 members boasts of New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine and Australian all-rounders Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry. The trio among themselves shares a whopping sum of 533 international wickets and 11,419 international runs in 538 international appearances.  

 

Birmingham Phoenix Women Cricket Team, BP Women team and players, captain, fixtures, schedules, Scores

 

Birmingham Phoenix Women are heading to the tournament as main favorites with odds at 4/1 to win Women’s Hundred in July according to SportsBettingDime.com

Apart from Devine, Gardner, and Perry, there is England’s swashbuckling wicket-keeper bat Amy Ellen Jones, who can be the X-factor player. Jones is one of the safest houses behind the stumps and has the reputation of hitting the long ball at will.

Along with the international stars, Birmingham Phoenix has a good pool of domestic talent. The county players have been a part of Kia Super League and have shown that they have the ability to dazzle in the shortest format of the game.

In addition to the players, the role of the coach is very important in the success of the team. Birmingham Phoenix has Ben Sawyer as its coach. Sawyer is an Australian cricket coach, who is the current head coach of the Sydney Sixers women’s team in WBBL, an assistant coach of the Australia women’s national cricket team, and a coach of New South Wales Breakers. Under his tutelage and the Perry-Sawyer combination, Sydney Sixers have already won two out of six titles. Birmingham Phoenix will hope that Sawyer brings the same success for the team in The Hundred.

I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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