The England Test players will be available for a couple of games each of The Hundred competition, before they move to the bubble of the Test series to face India. The England players will participate in matches from July 22 to 27 and then take on the Test duties as they host Virat Kohli‘s side for a 5-Test series starting on August at Trent Bridge.
The ECB had initially hoped that players would be available for three group games but it has now been decreased to two. A decision is yet to be reached on their availability for the knockout stages, which take place between the second and third Tests against India. However, with a surge in covid-19 cases in England – the Hundred players won’t be in a strict bubble as the Test players – this venture also seems unlikely to go through.
Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Rory Burns will be available for the opening match of the men’s competition at The Oval on Thursday night; Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Mark Wood, and Dan Lawrence involved in Birmingham Phoenix vs London Spirit at Edgbaston on Friday night.
Ben Stokes, who will represent Northern Superchargers, is excited about the event. He said that it would be “very frustrating” if he isn’t able to participate in it for any reason.
“It’s a massive event for England and we want to be part of it – we know how big a role players play in making a franchise competition big,” Stokes said.
It would be very frustrating to not be able to participate in the Hundred. It’s a massive event for England and we want to be part of it. We know how big a role players have in making a franchise competition big and if the Test players were unable to play in it because of Covid that would be pretty devastating,” he added.
Jofra Archer, who made his return to cricket with a Blast game for Sussex last week, is also expected to play in the Hundred for Southern Brave. Ollie Pope, who is in the Welsh Fire’s squad may not play in the tournament as he recovers from his injury. England are expected to announce their squad for the first Test later this week.