Australia’s David Warner makes last-minute U-turn to enter into the Hundred re-draft after giving up his £100,000 contract with Southern Brave due to international commitments
- Warner gave up his £100,000 contract citing international commitments
- But he has re-considered following the cancellation of tour to South Africa
- Australian batsman will one of 252 overseas players vying for just seven slots
David Warner is a last-minute inclusion in the Hundred re-draft after initially pulling out of the ECB’s new competition last year.
Warner gave up his £100,000 contract with Southern Brave citing international commitments but has re-considered following the cancellation of Australia’s tour to South Africa.
That change has eased the 34-year-old’s schedule for a year that ends with a Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes and so he will one of 252 overseas players vying for just seven slots in the behind-closed-doors selection process next Monday.
David Warner is a last-minute inclusion in the Hundred re-draft after initially pulling out
Warner – whose eight career Twenty20 hundreds is bettered only by Chris Gayle – was replaced in the Brave squad by fellow Australian Marcus Stoinis but the Southampton-based team do have the third pick this time around as one of their two top-tier slots remains vacant.
West Indies captains Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder, their international team-mate Nicholas Pooran, another Australian in Marnus Labuschagne, a South African contingent led by Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada plus Shakib Al Hasan, of Bangladesh, and New Zealand World Cup stars Lockie Ferguson and Martin Guptill are all heading into the selection pot.
In all, the ECB have received 506 applications from which the eight teams will fill the final 35 places for this summer’s inaugural 100-ball tournament.
Manchester Originals will have first pick after releasing 10 players including Imran Tahir
Manchester Originals will receive first pick in the re-draft after releasing 10 of their original 15-man squad – selected in October 2019 prior to the competition being postponed by 12 months – including all three of their imports in Imran Tahir, Dan Christian and Mitchell Santner.
Welsh Fire go second after both Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc were released and Jonny Bairstow was given one of their two six-figure deals.
Unlike the original, which was televised, this mini draft will take place virtually with news of the signings to be released next Tuesday.
The eight teams will complete their playing rosters later this year when they each make a domestic wildcard pick on the eve of a tournament scheduled to start on July 21.
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