The Hundred: A Beginner’s Guide to the England Experience
Uh, what exactly is ‘The Hundred’?
Great question. The Hundred is the new experimental England and Wales Cricket Board format featuring eight new city-based teams competing against each other in matches featuring 100-ball innings.
Counties in England have been playing cricket against each other since the early 18th century, but names like “Middlesex” and “Yorkshire” have faded, replaced by franchises with names like “Southern Brave” and “Trent Rockets” “- each sporting uniforms based on the colors of their chip pack sponsors.
The “overs” have also disappeared, and bowlers will instead deliver balls in sets of “five”, with 10 deliveries to the same side at a time. It’s all kind of there, and we’re trying to make sense of it lower.
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The men’s and women’s tournaments will run simultaneously, starting July 21 with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at The Oval.
The men’s competition will start a day later at the same location.
Each team will play eight games, with the top two teams advancing to the final. Lord’s will host the men’s and women’s finals on August 21.
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The inaugural season was slated to take place last year but was dropped due to the pandemic, and although the competition has been hit by a string of major player withdrawals due to travel complications during the pandemic, there will be still 11 Australian players who will participate.
Who are the Australians involved?
A total of 20 Australian players withdrew from the tournament in both men’s and women’s competitions, due to travel issues during the pandemic.
This means Glenn Maxwell, Meg Lanning, David Warner and Ellyse Perry will not appear in the inaugural tournament, but there are still three Australians expected to appear in the men’s competition – Chris Lynn, Josh Inglis and D’Arcy Short – and a total of eight for women – Erin Burns, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Laura Kimmince, Katie Mack, Georgia Redmayne and Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Will it still be cricket?
Sure. These are always two teams of 11 players, and if 10 wickets fall before all 100 balls have been thrown, it will still end a round. The scoring is the same: batters have to cross and fight their way for a point, limits will still count for four runs, and sixes will still count for, well, six runs. All the usual methods of dismissal will apply.
So what’s different from a typical T20 game?
The clue is in the name. The Hundred will only have 100 balls per round. This is a change from a standard T20 match which has a maximum of 120 legal deliveries per round. It’s not seismic, the innings will be fair three times and a little more than a regular T20, which leads to the inevitable “why bother?” Questions. “. This is all aimed at reducing the length of matches in an effort to accommodate shorter broadcast windows and retain a new set of fans.
So for the 100-ball concept to work, the traditional six-ball overs are gone, replaced with sets of five deliveries called, wait, “five.”
But changing ends every five balls would not speed up play, so the defensive team would throw two sets of “fives” before changing ends.
The umpire will brandish a white card to signal the end of the first set of five balls and will also call “five” at the end of a bowler’s set of deliveries, instead of the traditional “plus” call.
In another twist, bowlers can throw back-to-back sets of five, so you could have a bowler delivering 10 balls from the end, or a bowler delivering five on one end, then swapping and delivering five more on the other. end.
It’s all about speeding up the game, although the defensive team is allowed to request a two-minute time-out anytime after the first 25 balls, but it is not mandatory.
Drinks are prohibited except at the fall of a wicket, the next batter is required by the playing conditions of the game to run on the ground at the fall of a wicket, and there will be restrictions on when the pennies fall. -fields can run the equipment on the ground.
There are a few ideas introduced which have merit: if a defensive team does not complete their 100 balls in the allotted time for the innings, they must have an extra defensive player raised inside the ring until the end of the innings. .
In another notable change, the non-attacker must return to his original end after a caught throwout, even though he had crossed his batting partner.
Other changes from a standard T20 set include:
* Each bowler can throw a maximum of four “fives” (i.e. 20 balls each)
* The first 25 balls of each set will be Powerplay, with only two defensive players allowed outside the inner defensive circle
* No ball will be worth two runs (a free kick will still follow)
* The raffle does not need to take place on the floor (expect lots of TV-designed gadgets)
* There is now a restriction of up to five defensive players on the leg side
* A modified Duckwoth-Lewis-Stern method, which takes into account balls instead of overs, will be used for matches with reduced rain
* Tied group stage matches will see each team score one point each
* Tied matches in the knockout stage will see a “Super Five” tiebreaker used. If the second “Super Five” is also tied, the team that finished higher on the ladder in the group stage will advance to the next round.
Sounds ridiculous, why should I care?
Great question. No doubt the early stages of this tournament will have a tremendous amount of novelty and curiosity about them. And the tournament was not without problems, especially with gender parity. It will also remove players from their more traditional county matches, and the ECB is desperately hoping the COVID situation in the UK will allow their international stars to participate.
The reception has been lukewarm at best and at times downright hostile from fans of traditional cricket formats. But the ECB has invested a tremendous amount of time and money in trying to make this thing succeed, and it has a history in this area.
The ECB also ‘invented’ Twenty20 cricket as we know it today, adopting a format used by park cricketers and adapting it to professional county outfits, with the first game played by Hampshire and Sussex in June 2003.
The opposition was huge and naysayers said it would never take off, but here we are with T20 franchise competitions dominating the calendar, with the seventh T20 Men’s World Cup soon to be played, and Australia having already won five. of the Seven Women T20 World Cups.
Who can say what the future holds for the Hundred?
How can I follow?
All matches will be broadcast live in Australia on Foxtel and streamed live on Kayo Sports. Register for Kayo Sports here.
Cricket.com.au and the CA Live app will have live scores, news and all the best video highlights.
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