The Hundred confirms Wildcard Picks for 2024

On June 24, 2024, The Hundred announced the 2024 Vitality Wildcard picks, introducing new players and welcoming back some familiar faces to the tournament. A total of 24 players have been selected across the Men’s and Women’s Competitions.

The Hundred confirms Wildcard Picks for 2024
The Hundred confirms Wildcard Picks for 2024

All eight teams in The Hundred – Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Trent Rockets, Southern Brave, and Welsh Fire – have added the final players to their squads through the Vitality Wildcard Draft.

The Vitality Wildcard allows each squad to pick players based on recent form, enabling youngsters having a breakthrough year or established players hitting their stride to be selected for The Hundred.

Changes for the above teams in this year’s edition of the women’s competition are as follows:

Birmingham Phoenix has added Fran Wilson and Alice Macleod to their squad. New Zealand legend Suzie Bates will be available for Phoenix’s first three games as an overseas replacement for Richa Ghosh, with Emma Jones replacing Ailsa Lister. India’s Ghosh will be unavailable for the first three games as she will likely be on national duty, playing in the 2024 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

London Spirit’s additions are Abbey Freeborn and Ellie Anderson for the 2024 squad. Manchester Originals have included Danielle Gregory and Alice Monaghan in this edition of The Hundred.

Northern Superchargers have added all-rounder Jodi Grewcock and right-arm medium bowler Sophia Turner this year, marking their maiden appearances in The Hundred. Grewcock, playing for the Sunrisers in the 2024 domestic season, has picked up 5 wickets and scored 134 runs in the T20 format. Turner, representing Northern Diamonds in the 2024 domestic season, has claimed 4 wickets.

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Oval Invincibles have added Rachel Slater and Amara Carr to their squad, while Laura Harris will be available for the first two games as an overseas replacement for Chamari Athapaththu, who will be on national duty with Sri Lanka for the 2024 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup.

Southern Brave has brought in Sophie Luff and Katie Jones, with Jones making her maiden appearance in The Hundred. Charli Knott will play the first two games as an overseas replacement for Smriti Mandhana, who will be representing India in the Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

Trent Rockets have added Aylish Cranstone and Natasha Wraith to their squad, while Welsh Fire have included Georgia Davis and Kate Coppack.

Wildcard Selections:

Birmingham Phoenix – Fran Wilson, Alice Macleod, Suzie Bates*, Emma Jones*

London Spirit – Abbey Freeborn, Ellie Anderson

Manchester Originals – Danielle Gregory, Alice Monaghan

Northern Superchargers – Jodi Grewcock, Sophia Turner

Oval Invincibles – Rachel Slater, Amara Carr, Laura Harris*

Southern Brave – Sophie Luff, Katie Jones, Charli Knott*

Trent Rockets – Aylish Cranstone, Natasha Wraith

Welsh Fire – Georgia Davis, Kate Coppack

*denotes replacement player

The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket tournament involving teams in major cities across England and Wales, the England and Wales Cricket Board runs it. Its inaugural season took place in 2021.

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