Liam Livingstone has just scored the fastest-ever century for England, while India’s Shafali Verma, 17, is quickly establishing herself as one of the stars of women’s cricket, so expect fireworks at The Hundred franchise Birmingham Phoenix.
Tom Abell, Moeen Ali (captain), Finn Allen (New Zealand), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Pat Brown, Chris Cooke, Miles Hammond, Tom Helm, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone, Adam Milne (New Zealand), Dillon Pennington, Dom Sibley, Will Smeed, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Chris Woakes
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Emily Arlott, Thea Brookes, Erin Burns (Australia), Gwen Davies, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones (captain), Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, Katie Mack (Australia), Abtaha Maqsood, Shafali Verma (India), Isabelle Wong
Coach: Ben Slater
- 23 July: Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston (women’s 15:00, men’s 18:30)
- 25 July: Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix, Emirates Old Trafford (women’s 14:30, men’s 18:00)
- 30 July: Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl (women’s 15:00, men’s 18:30)
- 01 August: Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston (women’s 11:00, men’s 14:30)
- 04 August: Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles, Edgbaston (women’s 15:30, men’s 19:00)
- 09 August: Birmingham Phoenix v Welsh Fire, Edgbaston (women’s 15:00, men’s 18:30)
- 13 August: Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge (women’s 15:30, men’s 19:00)
- 17 August: Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley (women’s 15:00, men’s 18:30)
Losing overseas draft picks Kane Williamson, Shaheen Afridi and Adam Zampa certainly hurts their chances, but Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali will win a few games on their own. Birmingham’s bowling – with Adam Milne, Pat Brown, Chris Woakes and Imran Tahir all signed up – also looks strong.
The women’s team should make some big scores – Verma, Amy Jones and Erin Burns are all top batters – and the squad has an abundance of experience. But the withdrawal of Ellyse Perry, one of the greatest-ever female cricketers, on the eve of the tournament is a major blow.
Birmingham Phoenix Men: 7th
Birmingham Phoenix Women: 5th
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Author: Louis Sealey