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The brand-new Hundred cricket competition is due to start later this month, a year after it was initially scheduled.

The controversial tournament was first proposed by the ECB back in 2018, following initial discussions over a city-based T20 competition similar to the IPL and the Big Bash.

However, it was decided that the ECB's new competition would involve an entirely new format of the game, with the board's chiefs deciding to ditch the universally successful T20 format in favour of 100-ball cricket.

The proposal has been highly controversial, with county sides Essex, Middlesex, Surrey and Kent publicly expressing concerns over the tournament.

The ECB ultimately received the majority backing they needed to press on with the competition, which will get underway on July 21.

The Hundred is due to start on July 21
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What are the teams in the Hundred?

The Hundred involves eight men's and women's teams based at major cricket grounds across England and Wales.

London has two teams, the Oval Invincibles and London Spirit, who are based at the Oval and Lords respectively.

The Manchester Originals will be based at Lancashire's Old Trafford ground, while the Northern Superchargers will play their games at Yorkshire's Headingley.

Edgbaston will host the Birmingham Phoenix team, while Trent Bridge will be the home of the Trent Rockets.

Welsh Fire will play their games at Glamorgan's Sophia Gardens, with Hampshire's Rose Bowl hosting the Southern Brave.

England test captain Joe Root is part of the Trent Rockets
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When is the Hundred?

The Hundred will get underway on July 21, the Oval Invincibles Women taking on the Manchester Originals Women at the Oval.

The men's edition will start the following day, with the men's teams playing the same fixture at the Oval.

The competition is due to run for a month, with the final group games scheduled for August 18.

Both the men's and women's teams will play their eliminator on August 21, ahead of a show-piece final at Lords the following day.

England women's captain Heather Knight will feature for London Spirit
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How can I watch the Hundred?

Both Sky Sports and the BBC will be broadcasting the competition, with Sky showing all 68 games across the dedicated Sky Sports The Hundred channel and Sky Sports Mix.

All the women's games and "a significant number of men's games" will be available to stream live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.

The BBC, meanwhile, will air 10 men's games and eight women's games across BBC TV and iPlayer, as well as the two finals.

Every game will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live or Sports Extra.

Ben Stokes has signed up to play for Northern Superchargers
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What are the rules?

Each innings will last 100 balls, with bowlers able to deliver either five or ten consecutive deliveries instead of the traditional six which make up an over.

Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 deliveries, with the bowling side allowed a strategic timeout.

There will also be a 25-ball powerplay for each team which means the bowling side will only be allowed to have two fielders outside the circle.

Whoever scores the most runs wins.

Jason Roy and Sam Curran will play for the Oval Invincibles
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Who are the favourites to win the Hundred?

According to Paddy Power, Southern Brave are the favourites to win the men's tournament and they are priced at 4/1.

The Trent Rockets and the Oval Invincibles are 5/1, Welsh Fire are 11/2, while both the Northern Superchargers and Manchester Originals are 6/1.

Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit are priced at 7/1.

The bookmaker also has Southern Brave as the favourites to win the women's tournament, priced at 4/1.

The Manchester Originals are also priced at 4/1 making them joint-favourites, while the Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit and Trent Rockets are all 11/2.

Both the Oval Invincibles and Northern Supercharges are 7/1, with the Welsh Fire priced at 8/1.

Adil Rashid will be in action for the Northern Superchargers
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Who is playing in the Hundred?

Each team has a squad of 15 players, with a maximum of three overseas stars allowed to be drafted.

At least one centrally-contracted England player will be part of each men's team, while two centrally-contracted players will feature for each women's team.

The eight men's teams have also selected two 'local icon' players from within their catchment area, as well as a 'wildcard' player who impressed in the T20 Blast.

The squads are as follows:

Birmingham Phoenix

Men's: Moeen Ali, Tom Abell, Finn Allen, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Pat Brown, Chris Cooke, Miles Hammond, Tom Helm, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone, Adam Milne, Dillon Pennington, Dom Sibley, Will Smeed, Imran Tahir, Chris Woakes

Women's: Emily Arlott, Thea Brookes, Erin Burns, Gwen Davies, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, Abtaha Maqsood, Shafali Verma, Isabelle Wong

London Spirit

Men's: Eoin Morgan, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Mason Crane, Zak Crawley, Blake Cullen, Joe Denly, Jade Dernbach, Josh Inglis, Dan Lawrence, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Roelof Van der Merwe, Chris Wood, Mark Wood

Women's: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Naomi Dattani, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Deandra Dottin, Danielle Gibson, Hannah Jones, Sophie Munro, Susie Rowe, Grace Scrivens, Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon

Eoin Morgan will captain London Spirit
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Manchester Originals

Men's: Colin Ackermann, Carlos Brathwaite, Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Lockie Ferguson, Steven Finn, Richard Gleeson, Sam Hain, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Tom Lammonby, Colin Munro, Jamie Overton, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt

Women's: Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Kate Cross, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Cordelia Griffith, Alex Hartley, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Harmanpreet Kaur, Emma Lamb, Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Ellie Threlkeld

Northern Superchargers

Men's: Faf du Plessis, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Lynn, Adam Lyth, Callum Parkinson, Matthew Potts, Ben Raine, Adil Rashid, John Simpson, Ben Stokes, Jordan Thompson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Willey

Women's: Hollie Armitage, Ami Campbell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Helen Fenby, Phoebe Graham, Bess Heath, Sterre Kalis, Laura Kimmince, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Kalea Moore, Jemimah Rodrigues, Linsey Smith, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Laura Wolvaardt

Lauren Winfireld-Hill will captain the Northern Superchargers
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Oval Invincibles

Men's: Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Rory Burns, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Laurie Evans, Brandon Glover, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood,Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley

Women's: Georgia Adams, Megan Belt, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Tash Farrant, Jo Gardner, Grace Gibbs, Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Dane Van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson

Southern Brave

Men's: Jofra Archer, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Alex Davies, Liam Dawson, Quinton de Kock, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Jake Lintott, Tymal Mills, Craig Overton, Delray Rawlins, Andre Russell, James Vince, Max Waller, Ross Whiteley

Women's: Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Sophia Dunkley, Smriti Mandhana, Ella McCaughan, Fritha Morris, Tara Norris, Sonia Odedra, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Charlotte Taylor, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Danni Wyatt

Jofra Archer will represent Southern Brave
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Trent Rockets

Men's: Lewis Gregory, Matt Carter, Sam Cook, Ben Cox, Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Wahab Riaz, Joe Root, D'Arcy Short, Timm van der Gugten, Luke Wood, Luke Wright

Women's: Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Bryce, Ella Claridge, Abbey Freeborn, Sarah Glenn, Heather Graham, Teresa Graves, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Michaela Kirk, Alicia Presland, Rachael Priest, Emily Windsor

Welsh Fire

Men's: Qais Ahmad, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Josh Cobb, Iain Cockbain, Matt Critchley, Leus du Plooy, Ben Duckett, Ryan Higgins, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham, David Payne, Glenn Phillips, Liam Plunkett, Kieron Pollard, Ollie Pope

Women's: Piepa Cleary, Bethan Ellis, Lauren Filer, Katie George, Amy Gordon, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Sophie Luff, Sune Luus, Lissy Macleod, Georgia Redmayne, Nicole Harvey, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Natasha Wraith