Southern Brave retain duo as first batch of players confirmed for The Hundred in 2021

The first 18 players confirmed to take part in The Hundred have been revealed today – with  Southern Brave announcing Jofra Archer and Stafanie Taylor would remain with the team.

Jofra Archer has been confirmed for the Hundred in 2021
Jofra Archer has been confirmed for the Hundred in 2021

England Men’s fast bowler Archer and West Indies Women’s captain Taylor have been retained from the Southern Braves’ initial men’s and women’s playing squads respectively.

The duo join the 18-strong list of players, including the likes of England stars Ben Stokes, Amy Jones, Kate Cross and Jos Buttler, who have today been confirmed to play in cricket’s new and exciting 100- ball competition.

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This news marks the start of a three-month process where, until the end of January, each of the eight teams will be able to retain players from their original men’s squads for the 2021 season. The teams are also able to retain and sign players to complete their women’s squads. A draft will be held in early 2021 to allocate the remaining players for the men’s squads.

This news marks the start of a three-month process where, until the end of January, each of the eight teams will be able to retain players from their original men’s squads for the 2021 season. The Hundred teams are also able to retain and sign players to complete their women’s squads. A draft will be held in early 2021 to allocate the remaining players for the men’s squads.

Jofra Archer said: “I am looking forward to putting on a show for all the Southern Brave fans and making sure that we are the team to beat in the first season of The Hundred.

“You always want to test yourself against the best players in the world and we will get that chance in The Hundred. We drafted some amazing players and let’s see what happens over the next few months but hopefully we can get even stronger.”

Stafanie Taylor said: “I knew I wanted to stay at Southern Brave and the opportunity to roll-over my contract for 2021 made that decision really straightforward.

“Charlotte Edwards is one of the biggest legends of the game and I can’t wait to work alongside her and the rest of the squad.”

Today’s announcement has confirmed that ten of England’s men’s Test stars, including Archer, will compete when the competition launches next year. The first eight women’s players have also been unveiled, including a host of England players and two of the West Indies’ star performers.

Most teams have retained the same Test players that were due to play for them this year, before the competition was postponed due to Covid-19, with only England batsmen Ollie Pope (Welsh Fire) and Rory Burns (Oval Invincibles) moving teams.

Pope joins Welsh Fire, after he was originally drafted by Southern Brave, and will be joined by Katie George who was retained from the team’s initial squad.

London Spirit have decided to keep hold of Zak Crawley and there’s more good news for Spirit fans with Deandra Dottin re-signing off the back of some impressive form against England in the recent Vitality IT20 Series.

Across the Thames, Oval Invincibles have signed Rory Burns as a Test Central Contract player from rivals London Spirit, as well as retaining their two England players with Sam Curran and Fran Wilson, both confirming their commitment to the men’s and women’s teams respectively.

The two northern teams remain unchanged with Kate Cross and Jos Buttler staying at Manchester Originals, and Lauren Winfield-Hill and Ben Stokes remaining Northern Superchargers players.

England Men’s Test captain Joe Root and England Women’s leading allrounder Nat Sciver will stay at Trent Rockets, while local heroes Amy Jones and Chris Woakes will remain at Birmingham Phoenix in addition to new Test-contracted batsman Dominic Sibley.

Sanjay Patel, Managing Director for The Hundred, said: “This is a really exciting moment for The Hundred to see where the Test centrally contracted men’s players will be playing next year and to announce the first retained players for the women’s teams.

“Over the next few months we will see world-class players and massive names from around the world committing to The Hundred and we can’t wait to launch the competition in 2021.”

Confirmed players for The Hundred

Birmingham Phoenix – Amy Jones, Chris Woakes and Dominic Sibley

London Spirit – Zak Crawley and Deandra Dottin

Manchester Originals – Jos Buttler and Kate Cross

Northern Superchargers – Ben Stokes and Lauren Winfield-Hill

Oval Invincibles – Sam Curran, Rory Burns and Fran Wilson

Southern Brave – Jofra Archer and Stafanie Taylor

Trent Rockets – Joe Root and Nat Sciver

Welsh Fire – Katie George and Ollie Pope