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The Hundred: Superchargers stock up on England stars in draft

The draft for The Hundred 2023 took place on Thursday, with some of the world’s top cricketers set to take part in the third edition of the tournament.

Eight of England’s centrally contracted players will lead the men’s teams, with a number of internationals and overseas stars also taking their place in the competition. 

WhatThe Hundred 2023
WhereEngland and Wales
WhenTuesday, 1st August - Sunday, 27th August
How to watchSky Sports Main Event/Cricket and BBC

Malan out to shine again for champion Rockets

England’s Dawid Malan was the leading runscorer in last year’s tournament, scoring 377 runs in nine innings en route to helping Trent Rockets lift the trophy. 

The Yorkshire batter will remain with the Midlanders this year and will be joined by the likes of Joe Root, Rashid Kahn and Alex Hales. 

Northern Superchargers have filled a large chunk of their quota of current England internationals, with Ben Stokes again their marquee player. 

Adil Rashid, Harry Brook, Reece Topley and Tom Banton are all in the Headingley-based squad, which also includes South African paceman Wayne Parnell. 

Birmingham Phoenix have a team full of big hitters, with all-rounder Chris Woakes joined by the likes of Liam Livingstone, Ben Duckett and Moeen Ali. 

Inaugural winners, Southern Brave, have a pace attack to strike fear into any batting line up, with their squad including Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills. 

Manchester Originals were last year’s beaten finalists and will have England white-ball skipper Jos Buttler as their centrally-contracted player. 

Mark Wood heads London Spirit's squad and is joined by Australian duo Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell, as well as fellow England international Zak Crawley. 

Versatile limited-overs star Sam Curran could prove key for Oval Invincibles and the Surrey ace is joined by his brother Tom, Sam Billings and Jason Roy. 

Welsh Fire will be seeking a big improvement this year, having finished in the bottom two in the first two editions. 

Jonny Bairstow will once again be part of their squad, along with all-rounder David Willey, Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi and pace bowler Jake Ball. 

Several big-name overseas players missed out on a place in the tournament having not been picked by any of the eight teams during Thursday’s draft. 

International stars like Babar Azam, Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard and Mohammad Rizwan were all expected to feature but will not be playing in this year’s competition. 

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Bates out to help Oval Invincibles complete hat-trick

Oval Invincibles have dominated the women’s Hundred competition, winning the first two editions in 2021 and 2022. 

New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates was a key figure in last year’s success, when she finished the tournament as the second-highest run scorer with 232 runs in seven innings. 

The White Ferns international had a strike rate of 146.83 but was 54 runs behind South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt, who played for Northern Superchargers last year but has joined Manchester Originals in 2023. 

England captain Heather Knight was selected as the second pick for London Spirit, while her international colleague Sophia Dunkley was selected first by Welsh Fire. 

Last season’s leading wicket-taker, Amanda-Jade Wellington, has moved teams - having starred for Southern Brave last season, the Australian spinner was picked by Manchester Originals. 

Sophie Devine, who features in the top 10 in the world rankings for both batters and all-rounders, will play for Birmingham Phoenix while Northern Superchargers selected the top ODI batter in the world, Alyssa Healy.

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