With the competition set to start four days after the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, cricket fans will be looking forward to the Australian talent that will be on show during the Hundred competition.
There are eight sides in the competition, the same eight sides that are aligned to the men’s competition.
They are the Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Southern Brave, Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire. This season starts on the 11th of August so that it does not clash with the Commonwealth Games.
In the top price bracket of the women’s competition are Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes. The Women’s Hundred has doubled its salaries ahead of the new season with the draft taking place in April this year.
The Australian captain Lanning and Australian spinner Alana King will both play at the Trent Rockets.
King has had a meteoric rise in the international game since her move to the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL. Making her Test, ODI and T20 debuts this year, she will only continue to grow with more international experience.
Pairing together in the batting around the middle order will be Haynes and Annabel Sutherland for the Welsh Fire. Sutherland will look to lap up the time against the world’s best players, collecting three wickets coming from only seven T20 matches at international level.
A middle order batter at T20 level, Mooney averages 37.64 and can anchor an innings for a side. Her highest T20 score is 117 not out, as she is usually a player that can accelerate if she gets away early.
Winning back-to-back titles at the Brisbane Heat in the WBBL as well as the Perth Scorchers’ 2021-22 title, she played a vital role in the season and holds the Player of the Match honours in both Brisbane’s winning campaigns.
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She will be joined by arguably Australia’s best pace option in Megan Schutt at the London Spirit, who has ten years of international experience in the short format.
Already having Amanda-Jade Wellington signed for this season, the Southern Brave have added breakout star Tahlia McGrath.
Wellington’s teammate at the Adelaide Strikers, McGrath has been in sublime form in a recent stretch, which saw her back into the Australian team. She topped this off by making her T20 debut in 2021 to inspire a return to the Test side taking the Player of the Series in the Women’s Ashes.
Coming off injury, Sophie Molineux could be an underrated threat coming into this season. She joins Ellyse Perry at the Birmingham Phoenix, with Perry already contracted going into the draft.
Molineux has been a fantastic allrounder in the shorter format, averaging nearly a wicket a match with the ball. A batting strike rate of 88.67 makes her an asset to open the batting innings with.
Being contracted to the Northern Superchargers, Healy will look to get them away to a good start in the batting innings in her signature explosive nature. She boosts a high score of 148 not out in the short form and a strike rate of 129.43 coming from 125 games.
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