Watch The Hundred live and in full on Sky Sports from Wednesday 3 August; the women’s competition begins on 11 August after the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games; Finals Day at Lord’s on September 3; Men’s Brave men and women’s Oval Invincibles are the defending champions in the 100-ball tournament
Last Updated: 03/08/22 6:03 am
Former England ODI captain Eoin Morgan believes The Hundred offers a “huge opportunity” for players to claim a place in England’s squad for the T20 World Cup, as the 100-ball format is the “closest” in the Premier League. Domestic level with international cricket.
As captain of London Spirit, Morgan thinks there will be loads of talent coming to the tournament this year and is delighted to see how the limited format event can help England’s ODI prospects grow. any.
“This is the closest I have ever played at the domestic level with international cricket,” said Morgan.
“Everybody loves playing it, everyone loves watching it so it’s good for a good tournament.
“During the last 8 to 10 years, all the major competitive nations in the world have established links with limited format tournaments that our local players have tried their best to play. compete to get better for their career and ultimately to try and learn and become better players to play international cricket.
“Last year, there was huge evidence of talent coming out, it’s definitely possible and the league goes from strength to strength, signing bigger and better names, a lot of bridges. England players are available, all white ball players are available, no reason why it shouldn’t be.
“If the head coach of the English white team (Matthew Mott) says yes, then it certainly does, so that’s a huge boost for the younger players, bowlers, players to try and come in. that World Cup team.
“We’re not flooded with death pitchers and it’s an extremely difficult position to fill, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills have done it incredibly well but they need to come back, knock on the door and turn them into greats. better cricketer and I think The Hundred can provide that opportunity too.”
The Oval Invincibles have Jason Roy in their ranks and Morgan believes there is no one better to shine at The Hundred this year despite the batter struggling for England at the end of the year, scoring just 76 runs in six rounds of T20i this summer.
“Anyone who has followed Jason Roy’s international cricket career has seen Jason’s ups and downs but one thing you get with Jason is that when he sings he can knock down any bowling line and that’s fine. That sends a very big message, it doesn’t, Morgan added.
“It’s great to see, certainly at the 2019 World Cup, we missed him when he was injured and there was a huge difference in the team when he came out and played well.
“So The Hundred is just an opportunity for him to make some runs.”
Since Morgan retired from international cricket, the whites have suffered a string of defeats, but the World Cup champions are not worried and know head coach Mott and newly appointed captain Jos Buttler will “have a plan” to confront. World Cup T20 on form.
“I think they played with two really good sides and it’s better to be tested against a strong opponent before the World Cup than to go there and be beaten in the first or second game,” he said.
“So Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott have clearly recognized this as a learning opportunity to try and build something between now and the possible World Cup selection in September, something that is no longer the case.” further away.
“The Hundred is as good a bet as anyone could put in trying to get into that final round of 15.”
Despite no longer playing international cricket, Morgan remains confident he can “contribute” to London Spirit as they kick off their campaign on Thursday against the Oval Invincibles, live Sports sky.
“I’ve been training with the team for the last few days, I’ve had a couple of shots during the break and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
“It’s a different perspective, a different team, a different challenge and one that I’m looking forward to.
“While I am still contributing to the team, leading well, captaining well and in this particular form, I think I can contribute something.”
Invincibles vs Spirit
August 4, 2022, 6:00 pm
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