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Live Reporting

Callum Matthews and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

  1. Draft Player Reveal Day - what you might have missed

    It's been a long, fun day with many announcements to get to grips with. We're closing this live now, so here's a recap of the main headlines from today.

    • Nicholas Pooran, Kagiso Rabada and Shadab Khan have signed for Manchester Originals, Kieron Pollard and Jhye Richardson have joined Welsh Fire, David Warner has returned to Southern Brave and Colin Ingram will line up for the Oval Invincibles. There have been 28 domestic signings with England's Olly Stone and Saqib Mahmood both earning deals.
    • Sixteen women's signings have been announced - with England's Tammy Beaumont and Sophie Ecclestone joining London Spirit and Manchester Originals respectively. A whole host of Australian talent has also put pen to paper including captain Meg Lanning, who has joined Welsh Fire.

    You can see the full and final squads here, while the fixtures for the competition's debut have also been released with the women's game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals kicking us off, live on the BBC, on Wednesday, 21 July.

    If you want some more reading you can scroll back through this live page for all the best bits, including interviews with the likes of Lanning, Sam Billings and Anya Shrubsole.

    We've also spoken to Manchester head coach Simon Katch about how to build a squad, and Isabelle Westbury has discussed how important the competition and visibility could be for women's cricket.

    Be sure to join us in July for the competition itself - we'll be building up to the competition across the BBC over the next few months. We'll be back tomorrow with day one of the third Test between England and India from 08:25 GMT. See you then.

  2. Get Involved


    Ahmedz: How has Babar Azam not been picked?

    Kevin Field: Tom Lammonby is a great pick by Manchester. Been following him since he was 15/16. A future England captain.

  3. The Queen & Yakubu - Shrubsole's dinner party

    Southern Brave

    Anya Shrubsole

    Here are some more answers from Anya Shrubsole...

    Who is your favourite person to follow on social media?

    I really like to follow Roger Federer – I think he’s incredible at what he does, and probably incredible at a lot of things that he does. He does it with a lot of humility and to be as good as he has for as long as he he’s definitely someone that I admire from a sporting perspective.

    If you were hosting a post-Covid dinner party, which four people, dead or alive, would you love to invite?

    The first is easy – the Queen. There’s no consideration needed – I think she’s great and I’d love to meet her so she can come to my dinner party for sure!

    Serena Williams – pretty much for the same reasons as Roger Federer, she’s amazing at what she does and I have so much admiration for her and she seems like a good laugh.

    Hardly anyone will know who this is but I am a massive Portsmouth fan, and we had a guy playing for us for ages called Yakubu, and he scored lots of goals for us and he was just incredible and he’s a Pompey legend. It’s a bit rogue I know and nobody will know who he is. I don’t know how the queen and Yakubu will get on.

    The other person I want someone who can cook so I don’t have to. Let’s go for Heston Blumenthal because he can cook, and he’s cooked some pretty cool things. At least he can cook and I can sit and talk to the queen and Yakubu.

    What is your phobia?

    I really, really don’t like swans. I don’t know if it’s a phobia or just a really big dislike. Once I fell in a river trying to get my dog out of the river and he was stuck in. While my sister was trying to get some help a swan came towards me, and I was fine up until the moment it bit me!

  4. Get Involved


    Oscar Mann: I think Manchester Originals bought very well and are my pick to win The Hundred. I think Nic Pooran will really help them. A surprise for me was that Babar Azam wasn’t picked. He would fit into Southern Brave. Northern Superchargers batting line-up is mouth-watering!

    James Hyde: Can't look past Trent Rockets for The Hundred. Best ranked T20 batsman in the world, best ranked T20 bowler in the world, BBL top scorer... plus Root, Short and Coulter-Nile among others. Not bad!

  5. Six of the best

    Birmingham Phoenix

  6. Six of the best

    Trent Rockets

    Trent Rockets
  7. Six of the best

    Oval Invincibles

    Oval Invincibles
  8. Six of the best

    Southern Brave

    Southern Brave
  9. Six of the best

    London Spirit

    London Spirit
  10. Six of the best

    Welsh Fire

    Welsh Fire
  11. Six of the best

    Northern Superchargers

  12. Six of the best

    Manchester Originals

  13. Who are the Birmingham Phoenix's signings?

    Birmingham Phoenix

    Tom Abell, who was originally drafted by Manchester Originals for £100,000, is an all-rounder, who captains Somerset. He is better known for his batting, and averages 30.43 in Twenty20 cricket and is currently playing for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.

    He'll bat towards the top of the order, where he's likely to be joined by Daniel Bell-Drummond. The Kent right-hander is one of the most explosive players in the T20 Blast, striking at over 130 (runs per 100 balls).

    Rounding off the Phoenix's men's squad is Gloucestershire's Miles Hammond. He's only 25 and has only played 39 Twenty20s so is relatively inexperienced but adds depth to their middle order.

    Georgia Elwiss is an all-rounder who has played three Tests, 36 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20s for England. Expect to see her in the middle order and regularly chipping in with the ball for Phoenix.

    Daniel Bell-Drummond
  14. Birmingham Phoenix - women's squad

    Birmingham Phoenix

    Sophie Devine (captain), Amy Jones, Ashleigh Gardner, Ria Fackrell, Eve Jones, Marie Kelly, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Thea Brookes, Gwen Davies, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss.

    The women's teams will continue to build their squads up until June.

  15. Get Involved


    Ian: As a diehard Oval Invincibles fan, that is a pretty decent-looking team. Burns, Roy and the Currans is strong.

  16. Post update

    All of the men's teams now have 15-man squads. They will be able to add a 16th and final player after the group stage of the Vitality Blast.

    But, here are the squads for now.

    Go and have a look and send us your predictions for who will win the inaugural Hundred competition using #bbccricket or by texting 81111. We'll publish as many as we can before 16:30 GMT.

  17. Birmingham Phoenix - men's squad

    Birmingham Phoenix

    Here's how Birmingham Phoenix's squad is shaping up - they've got 16 players because of the fact that two England Test-playing players fit in their roster.

    Men's squad: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Kane Williamson, Tom Abell, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Shaheen Afridi, Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Adam Zampa, Henry Brookes, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Cooke, Miles Hammond.

    Looks pretty strong to me. Do you agree? Give it the thumbs up or down.

  18. BreakingWho have Birmingham Phoenix signed?

    Birmingham Phoenix

    Men's signings

    • Tom Abell
    • Daniel Bell-Drummond
    • Miles Hammond

    Women’s signing

    • Georgia Elwiss
  19. Post update

    All day when we've been saying 'ready for another one?' I've been thinking of that Davina McCall clip that keeps doing the rounds on social media - teasing another lockdown.

    So, ready for another one?

  20. Post update

    We're almost ready for the final announcement of the day.

    That will come from Birmingham Phoenix at 16:00 GMT. They need three men's players and will also be announcing a women's player...