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More Big Names Sign Up For The Hundred

Darren Lehmann

Following news of Australian legends Shane Warne, Andrew McDonald, Simon Katich, and Gary Kirsten securing head coach positions in The Hundred, Darren Lehmann has now been recruited by the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers.

For Lehmann, a return to Headingley brings fond memories. He was part of the Yorkshire side which won the County Championship back in 2001. His coaching role with the Superchargers will be his first job since resigning as the head coach of the Australian Men's team last year in the wake of the infamous sandpaper ball-tampering scandal.

In addition to Lehmann’s announcement, it was also revealed that Danielle Hazell would be the coach for the Ladies’ Hundred team. Despite only just kicking off her career as a coach this year, Hazell has already impressed in her current role with the Yorkshire Diamonds, who play in the Kia Super League. Like Lehmann, Hazell was once a Yorkshire player herself, so she fully understands the pressure and expectancy from the loyal but demanding Northern fans.

What is The Hundred?

The Hundred is the name of the league for a new 100-ball format of cricket that will commence in 2020 in England and Wales. The league features eight teams who will play each other in a round-robin system with the top four teams progressing to the playoffs.

The overall structure is very similar to the successful Big Bash League in Australia and the Indian Premier League. Players will be selected by a draft system, held on the 20th of October 2019, with a maximum of three overseas players allowed for each side.

Although no team has any players before draft day, punters can still check out the latest cricket betting tips to see who the bookies think will win based on the coaching staff. Warne will attract a lot of money because he’s such a popular character. However, don’t rule out one of these other top guys from scooping the inaugural Hundred title.

The Hundred is hoping to encourage new fans that may prefer the shortened format to come and watch the games. It’s bound to be a thrilling spectacle as we’ve already witnessed by the global success of Twenty20, and this format aims to take it to the next level by trimming a few more overs off the game.

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