The Hundred 2021: All you need to know

The Hundred 2021: All you need to know

The Hundred is a new format of cricket introduced by the England Cricket Board, which will start on July 21. The Oval will be hosting the inaugural matches (men and women) of the first season of the 100-ball game.

England Cricket Board wanted to provide a more exciting and shorter format to entertain the fans, and thus The Hundred was conceptualized. This, technically, is the fourth format of cricket after Test, ODI, and T20. Due to the pandemic, the ECB could not kick off the tournament last year. The board explained a new set of rules and playing conditions for this novel format.


The toss for The Hundred will be at the stage preserved for the entertainment.

The coach will have the privilege for the first time in cricket to go and talk to the players in the middle of the game.

Eight teams will take on each other for the title. All of these teams will have two different men and women teams, and therefore the batter will be used instead of the word ‘batsman’.

Two white Kookaburras will be used in a match, one in each innings.

According to the original concept of ‘The Hundred’, 15 6-ball overs and one final ten-ball over were proposed to be played in each game. The LBW law was proposed to be removed as well. Then the England Cricket Board came up with the revised format with a bunch of new rules. Round-robin and playoffs format are going to be followed in The Hundred as of now.

Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in English domestic cricket.


Instead of overs, in The Hundred, the balls will be used as the unit of measurement. On the scoreboards and broadcasts, the number of balls will be shown to indicate the match situation.

There will be 100 balls in each innings. A change of ends for the fielding side is required after 10 balls.

Bowlers from the same end will deliver two sets of five ‘balls’. The same bowler can deliver five or ten balls at a row and this decision will be taken by the captain who takes the call. Each bowler can deliver up to 20 balls.

After a bowler delivers the first five balls, the umpire will call ‘five’ instead of over and show a white card. This means that two sets of ‘five’ will be bowled from one end.

The first 25 balls of the innings will be the powerplay. The rule suggests that two fielders can stay outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay.

The fielding team can take a two-minute strategic time-out after the initial 25 balls, i.e. the powerplay.

There will be two runs for a no-ball. A free-hit will follow.

The non-striker cannot take a strike after the striker is caught even though they cross during a dismissal. The new batter will take strike.

Point System

As per the points are concerned, in case of a tied match at the group stage, two teams participating will get one each. But in case of a tie in the Eliminator or the Final, a Super Five will be played. If the Super Five is a tie, the teams will contest for another Super Five. They will play five balls each to decide the winner of the match. Another tie in this stage will see the team with higher points in the group stage as the winners making it to the playoffs.


Birmingham Phoenix

Men: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali (captain), Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Chris Cooke, Liam Livingstone, Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Dillon Pennington

Women: Amy Jones (captain), Shafali Verma, Ria Fackrell, Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Thea Brookes, Gwen Davies, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss, Erin Burns, Katie Mack

London Spirit

Men: Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (captain), Mohammad Amir, Jade Dernbach, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Mason Crane, Joe Denly, Josh Inglis, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Wood, Ravi Bopara, Chris Wood, Blake Cullen

Women: Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Deepti Sharma, Heather Knight (captain), Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Danielle Gibson, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies, Sophie Munro, Tammy Beaumont, Grace Scrivens, Alice Monaghan

Manchester Originals

Men: Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Tom Hartley, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Ollie Robinson, Sam Hain, Fred Klaassen, Dan Douthwaite, Calvin Harrison

Women: Kate Cross, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizelle Lee, Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Ellie Threlkeld, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Jackson

Northern Superchargers

Men: Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Brydon Carse, Chris Lynn, John Simpson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook, Callum Parkinson, Faf du Plessis, Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine

Women: Hollie Armitage, Katie Levick, Jemimah Rodrigues, Lauren Winfield-Hill (captain), Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Sterre Kalis, Kalea Moore

Oval Invincibles

Men: Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Alex Blake, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Sam Billings, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Colin Ingram, Brandon Glover, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox

Women: Fran Wilson, Georgia Adams, Tash Farrant, Megan Belt, Eva Gray, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Jo Gardner, Dane van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Shabnim Ismail, Danielle Gregory

Southern Brave

Men: Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, James Vince, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Ross Whiteley, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Jake Lintott, Colin de Grandhomme

Women: Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Smriti Mandhana, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Danni Wyatt, Lauren Bell, Sonia Odedra, Fi Morris, Sophia Dunkley, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor

Trent Rockets

Men: Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Matt Carter, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Ben Cox, Lewis Gregory, D’Arcy Short, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Timm van der Gugten, Sam Cook, Marchant de Lange

Women: Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachel Priest, Ella Claridge, Emily Windsor, Sarah Glenn, Teresa Graves

Welsh Fire

Men: Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Qais Ahmad, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, Iain Cockbain, Josh Cobb, Matt Critchley, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham (first three games), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy

Women: Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith, Amy Gordon, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Piepa Cleary, Georgia Redmayne, Bethan Ellis, Lissy Macleod, Nicole Harvey, Hayley Matthews

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