Nat Sciver and Sophie Devine have been announced as captains of two The Hundred women’s teams. Sciver will head up Trent Rockets and Devine will be the Birmingham Phoenix skipper.
Both Sciver and Devine are experienced players and captains – Sciver as a captain of the now non-existent Kia Super League team Surrey Stars and Devine as New Zealand’s captain in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
Both players also place highly in the ICC T20 all-rounder rankings. Devine is number one and Sciver is third.
Sciver will lead a Trent Rockets team that includes her fiancée Katherine Brunt and fellow England teammates Mady Villiers and Sarah Glenn.
“It’s a huge honour to be asked to captain Trent Rockets for this summer’s competition. It promises to be a great spectacle of sport and I’m excited by the squad we’re putting together,” said Sciver.
“It’ll be fun to play alongside Katherine for a few weeks on the field and her international experience will be great for some of the younger players in our team.”
Salliann Briggs, Trent Rockets’ women’s head coach said: “I’ve known Nat for a long time since her early years in the sport, so I can’t wait to work with her again now she’s one of the world’s best players.
“She has impressed as a captain in domestic competitions before and I have full confidence she’ll get the best out of the squad in The Hundred. Her international experience in one of the world’s best short-format teams will undoubtedly help our chances of success this year.”
For Devine, it won’t be her first time playing in England as she has previously played in the Kia Super League for both Loughborough Lightning and Yorkshire Diamonds. In Australia, she was also player of the tournament in the 2019/2020 Women’s Big Bash League.
Devine said: “It’s hugely exciting for me to be able to lead Birmingham Phoenix. Birmingham is a place that’s close to my heart having had a couple of years with Warwickshire and it’s great to know so many members of the squad.
“I’ve also played cricket with and against fellow Phoenix teammates Amy Jones, Georgia Elwiss and Kirstie Gordon at international level and in the premier domestic tournaments, as well as Marie Kelly.
“The Hundred is a hot topic of conversation amongst many of us. We’re already starting to talk about tactics and how we go about things. I know that it’s only 20 fewer balls than a T20, but the decision making between whether a bowler sends down five balls or takes on the option to bowl ten straight, will be really interesting.
“It’s going to be an exciting new challenge and I can’t wait to get started. A shorter, sharper format should really suit my style of play.”
Ben Sawyer, the head coach at Birmingham Phoenix added: “Sophie was the first international player we selected for Birmingham Phoenix and I’ve always admired the way she goes about her game. She’s an outstanding bowler and her batting is just as good, as demonstrated in the recent Women’s Big Bash League where she reinforced her position as one of the world’s best.
“Having seen a lot of her with New Zealand, it’s clear that she is a natural leader and her experience in the international arena, and with Warwickshire, makes her the ideal candidate to lead Birmingham Phoenix. I have no doubt that she will do a great job.”
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