Love it or hate it – the ECB’s flagship limited overs competition is back on our screens for a full summer of cricket. The Hundred continues on Tuesday with four games, including a double header from Lord’s . We’ve previewed the mens match and given you our best bets.
London Spirit have been badly hit by injuries and withdrawals, with the news that England Ashes heroes Mark Wood and Zak Crawley are likely to be rested.
Wood will probably sit out the entire tournament in preparation for the upcoming World Cup. He joins England teammate Olly Stone on the unavailable list, after picking up an injury.
Also missing are Aussie pair Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell, who have been withdrawn by Cricket Australia.
London Spirit(probable) – Adam Rossington, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Matthew Wade, Dan Lawrence, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Critchley, Liam Dawson, Jordan Thompson, Dan Worrall, Chris Wood, Nathan Ellis
Oval Invincibles have also suffered their own injury hiccups, as leading pace bowler Ihsanullah misses the tournament through injury. He is replaced by Australian Spencer Johnson.
Oval Invincibles(probable) – Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Jordan Cox, Sam Billings (c & wk), Sam Curran, Jimmy Neesham, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Adam Zampa, Gus Atkinson, Danny Briggs
Will Jacks Top Oval Invincibles run scorer – 13/5
The Invincibles have managed to retain the majority of their squad with a heavy Surrey/Kent bias and Will Jacks is massively important to their chances in this tournament.
The 24-year-old has recently broken into the England 20 and ODI squads, as a reward for his great country and franchise form and he holds the Hundred record for the highest individual score, with 108 off 48 balls.
In last year’s competition, Jacks finished fourth overall in the top run scorer chart, with 261 runs off just seven innings.
Sam Curran Top Oval Invincibles wicket taker – 18/5
Another Surrey mainstay for the Invincibles, the younger of the Curran brothers saw his international reputation explode in 2022, as he was the highest paid player in the IPL draft ($2.3m).
This was just reward for a hard working, clever utility player, who is excellent at the death, with both bat and ball.
His variations with the ball are renowned, with cutters, slower balls, bouncers and big inswinging yorkers all at his disposal.