First 18 players announced to take part in The Hundred

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Warwickshire CCC’s Chris Woakes and Amy Jones have kept their places in the Birmingham Phoenix’s men’s and women’s playing squads respectively for the Hundred.

Woakes’ Warwickshire team-mate Dom Sibley has been signed as a Test-contracted player after the 25-year-old batsman was awarded his first ECB Central Contract last month.

“It has been a great year for me after making my England debut in New Zealand and then enjoying a first summer in the Test team so this is a welcomed little extra, especially as I get to stay at Edgbaston. I’m very grateful to Birmingham Phoenix for giving me that chance.”

Dom Sibley

The trio join a strong list of 18 players, including England stars Ben Stokes, Nat Sciver, Kate Cross and Jos Buttler, who have also been confirmed to play in cricket’s new and exciting 100-ball competition.

Most teams have retained the same Test players that were due to play this year before the competition was postponed due to Covid-19, with only England and Surrey batsmen Ollie Pope and Rory Burns moving teams.

Pope has moved from Southern Brave to Welsh Fire, while Burns has moved to his home ground, joining Oval Invincibles from London Spirit.

This news marks the start of a three-month process where each of the eight teams will be able to retain players from their original men’s squads for the 2021 season, until the end of January.

England and Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes, who won the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Year award a few days ago, said:

“I’m a proud Brummie and the opportunity to represent Birmingham Phoenix in a new competition is something I am really looking forward to.”

Chris Woakes

The Hundred teams are also able to retain and sign players to complete their women’s squads, with a draft being held in early 2021 to allocate the remaining players for the men’s squads.

All women’s players have been given the option of keeping their 2020 deals.

England Women’s wicketkeeper Jones said:

“I was never going to go anywhere other than Birmingham Phoenix when I learned we would be able to roll-over our 2020 contract offers for 2021. Edgbaston is home to me and I can’t wait to play in The Hundred next year.

Amy Jones

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