England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed former Australia cricketer Tom Moody as the head coach of the men’s Oval-based team in the new Hundred competition. On the other hand, England World Cup winner Lydia Greenway will take over the job of the women’s team.
Moody’s CV as a coach is as impressive as anyone in the game right now. He first made a name for himself by guiding Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup. His reputation was then further enhanced when he took over as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s coach in 2012.
From 2013 to 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad have reached the qualifier rounds five times and won the championship in 2016. Tom Moody is the best when it comes to man-management and working with young talents. The veteran sounded excited to be a part of something new and innovative.
“Anything that is new and is innovative has an automatic appeal,” said Moody. “From a coaching perspective it presents new challenges to test yourself against in a world-class environment,” he added.
Furthermore, Tom Moody is looking forward to setting the tone of how the tournament will look like in the coming days. He is fifth Australian to join a team in The Hundred after Simon Katich, Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne, and Andrew McDonald. Stephen Fleming, Mahela Jayawardene, and Gary Kirsten are the coaches of the other three teams.
“To be a part of the early stages of a tournament where you have the opportunity to set the tone around what the 100-ball format will look like is a unique opportunity,” Moody concluded.
The Hundred, starting in 2020, is a new tournament consisting of eight city-based franchise sides. Teams will bat for 100 balls each with overs, normally consisting of six deliveries, lasting for 10 balls with bowlers either bowling five or 10 balls consecutively.