The Hundred Draft: Who will Trent Rockets pick No 1 overall?

Who goes ? That question will be answered through Sunday when players and stars learn – and really if – they will be playing at The Hundred next summer. England Test players and local icons have been allocated, meaning franchises are well-stocked in some areas but short while. With that in mindwe analyze what each side will look to perform in the first rounds… Already allocated: Joe Root (batsman), Alex Hales (opener), Harry Gurney (left-arm seamer) Immediate needs: Quick bowler, batting thickness The game could move in any way using the No 1 pick. Their three-player drag far is Hales, Root and Gurneys nicely-balanced trio. Of those six players available using the maximum book price collection of #125,000, you would imagine that David Warner, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Gayle have been located on very top of the wish list. Can they add the speed of Rabada to their ranks? Or will they look to partner the volatile of with Hales in the peak of the order Warner or even Gayle? Or will they spring a draft-day surprise and then elect for any number of lesser-priced superstars, like Andre Russell, Rashid Khan or even Kane Williamson with the first pick? Already allocated: Jofra Archer (fast bowler), Chris Jordan (fast bowler), James Vince (opener) Immediate demands: spinner, Batting depth, all-rounder The Brave possess Jordan and Barbados-born double-act Archer in their attacks blistering rate and therefore strengthening the batting will be their first port of call Sunday. You would imagine Gayle are the choice, adding into the Caribbean flair thatll be on display on the sunshine south shore next summer, but they would also happily accept Warner if it was him that dropped in their lap. Again, much like the Rockets, they can spring a surprise by ripping Russell or Rashid ancient, the latter having loved a terrific two-year T20 spell just a little way down the coast with Sussex. Instead, fill their all-rounder and spinner needs with Shakib Al Hasan and they might appear to kill 2 birds with one stone. Already marketed: Ben Stokes (all-rounder), Adil Rashid (spinner), David Willey (left-arm seamer) Immediate needs: wicketkeeper, Opener, fast bowler You can never have too many all-rounders in your group but, having already signed Stokes, at the expense of neighborhood Yorkshire lads Root and Jonny Bairstow, youd imagine the Supercharges will tackle other areas of the team originally. Should you be available, again, the two Gayle or Warner will be welcomed. But the Superchargers might favor Rabada to collapse to them – look to match him with Protea Quinton de Kock in a round. De Kock wouldnt just fill that opener demand of theirs, but also tackle the wicketkeeper vacancy. Rashids presence on the group means the Superchargers do not need to add a spinner until looking for some depth in the position in latter rounds, even whilst Willey ticks theleft-arm variation box and its also an opening option. Already allocated: Jonny Bairstow (opener), Tom Banton (opener), Colin Ingram (batsman) Immediate demands: spinner, Fast-bowler, all-rounder The Fire are at the peak of the order and we have not even got to the draft! Bairstow and Banton figure to be an explosive opening pair – both may keep wicket – and – Ingram has been a catastrophic six-hitter from the Blast in recent decades, playing the exact same Sophia Gardens surface. It surely gives the team clarity of thought on Sunday, together with adding to their bowling positions the very first priority; Rabada, Lasith Malinga or Mitchell Starc – should still on the board after the initial 3 selections – certainly must be snapped . If not, all-rounders Russell or Dwayne Bravo could be left-arm seamers Trent Boult, or even options or Mohammad Amir. Even though theres an argument to pick a spinner, England frequently play only one when in Cardiff, because of the little boundaries directly, so this demand is better addressed at a subsequent round. Already marketed: Sam Curran (all-rounder), Jason Roy (opener), Tom Curran (seam bowler) Immediate demands: wicketkeeper, Batting thickness, spinner Now is where it starts getting tricky. Who of those six players with the maximum reserve price of #125,000 will continue to be accessible when we get to the Invincibles and the No 5 select? Could you be Steve Smith? A marginally less attractive T20 prospect, but arguably the worlds best Test batsman, who has won within the English audiences who booed him so much of the summertime. Smith was given an ovation in The Oval after his 774 Ashes runs at a shocking 110.57 average, and it is certainly possible he might be calling the location his home next season. Smith would slot in well at No 3 after the explosive hitting of Roy at the peak of the purchase and could even be a controversial choice as captain. When the Invincibles look elsewhere, anticipate the familiar names of Russell, Rashid, Williamson or De Kock to incorporate in the teams conversation. Already marketed: Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper-batsman), Saqib Mahmood (fast bowler), Matt Parkinson (spinner) Immediate demands: all-rounder, Opener thickness The Originals have arguably the era in their ranks in Buttlers ideal batsman. However, with England Test players set to feature only three group games in The Hundred, also Mahmood and Parkinson only just setting out in their fledgling foreign professions, the Old Trafford side can do with some star power to promote tickets all over. The very first place they will likely try to find this is in the batting department, so whoever owns Gayle, Warner, Smith, Russell, De Kock or even Williamson remains available with the No 6 choice, expect Manchester to quickly snap up them. Alternatively, they can seem to Australia and Glenn Maxwell or Aaron Finch – both people who have impressed at Old Trafford earlier, Maxwell for both Lancashire and Finch contrary to these for Yorkshire. An even larger shout could be the winner that is evergreen a perennial T20, Shane Watson. Already marketed: Rory Burns (batsman), Eoin Morgan (batsman/captain), Dan Lawrence (batsman) Immediate needs: All-rounder, spinner The Spirit have three batsmen in their group already, in addition to a clear selection for captain at Englands World Cup-winning skipper Morgan. Morgan gave a hint as to how hed look to build a white-ball team when formerly covering the IPL for Sky Sports, saying:All-rounders are crucial for winning the IPL. Thats where Id start. If that is indeed where he would start, look to get Russell or Bravo into line-up at Lords. Otherwise, it might be twist which Spirit identify early on, together with Morgan adding:The tendency right now is about spinners, especially leg-spinners – look at the T20 positions of top 10 bowlers, it is full of mystery spinners. Rashid and Sunil Narine were both selections in Morgans fantasy IPL XI, so could be early selections, as may Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, that amazed at Lords earlier this summer in the Vitality IPL. Already allocated: Chris Woakes (all-rounder), Moeen Ali (spinner/all-rounder), Pat Brown (seam bowler) Immediate demands: Opener, all-rounder The selection to combine with the Woakes of moeen way the draft is started by Birmingham somewhat. Moeens pick means the Phoenix forego one of their first-round draft picks – that the Invincibles and Spirit suffer the identical fate due to Roy and Morgan, respectively – however Birmingham have the extra blow of picking last of their eight sides. By their No 8 select a great deal of the big names will already be off the board, though thats not to say there wont be some gems accessible to them. De Kock is only someone that will cover both their hunt for an opener at the peak of the order along with a wicketkeeper. Additionally, an all-rounder or spinner will likely be high on their schedule with all the worry that Moeen may be right back as a permanent amount of that England group by next summer, s West Indian trio Russell, Bravo and Narine – who can all be volatile with the violin, too – may be choices. The Hundred Draft – Live will soon be shown on Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event & Sky One from 7pm on Sunday. 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