The Hundred gets under way in the United Kingdom in August as a handful of Australia's leading limited overs stars prepare to take part in the second season of the 100-ball format.
Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Glenn Maxwell are among those taking part for the first time this year, with Tim David returning to defend the title he won with Souther Brave in 2021.
Below, we look at some of the Australian big-hitters who are primed to produce the fireworks in the fledgling format, plus the rising stars who are building a reputation at home and overseas.
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Meg Lanning, 30
Top order batter
Lanning is a true Australian cricket legend, making her international debut 12 years ago and scoring 4463 runs since — making her the fourth-highest runscorer in Australian cricket history. She’s also hit more hundreds than anyone other Australian in women’s cricket and has a habit for scoring quickly. She holds the record for the fastest century by an Australian, reaching her quickest ton in just 45 balls.
It’s no surprise then that the Trent Rockets made her their highest-paid female ahead of the new Hundred season. This will be her English domestic debut and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her rack up the runs for the Rockets this season.
Ellyse Perry, 31
Perry is one of the best, true all-rounders in world cricket today, with an ODI batting average north of 50 and 161 wickets in the same format. Her versatility is underscored by similarly impressive numbers in Test cricket — she boasts a high score of 213 not out — and T20Is. Not only is she one of the most revered cricketers in Australia, she’s also represented her country in football too, winning 18 caps and scoring three goals for the Matildas.
Perry was supposed to represent Birmingham Phoenix in 2021, but she pulled out of the tournament just two weeks before its start, citing family reasons. She has been retained by the Phoenix, though, and will open her Hundred account against Trent Rockets on August 6.
Alyssa Healy, 32
Twice voted ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, Healy has emerged as one of the most important players for her country. Healy has broken numerous records over her career but, perhaps most notably, posted the highest score in a Women’s T20 International, with 148 from 61 balls, and the fastest 50 (off 30 balls) in any ICC final (both men and women).
The Northern Superchargers have signed Healy up for the season and will be hoping for her to help them to kick on from the sixth place finish they achieved in 2021. She’s certainly a worthy addition, though, and will have an early chance to set the tone for her Hundred campaign when she takes to the field for Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July.
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Glenn Maxwell, 33
Maxwell has been an integral part of the Australian cricket system since he made his debut in 2012 and has been lighting up the limited overs game ever since. Famed for his reverse sweeps, his unconventional methods have sometimes led to frustrations about his game, but his ability to win games out of nowhere have really set him apart from other all-rounders in the game.
Maxwell will be appearing for London Spirit in 2022 and they will need him to be at his innovative best following their 2021 season, when they finished bottom of the pack. He’s certainly got the swagger and the quality, he proved that with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in last season’s IPL, but will his high risk, high reward style benefit his team in The Hundred this year?
Marcus Stoinis, 32
Stoinis has become a mainstay in the Australian limited overs game since his arrival on the scene in 2015, and his powerful batting has elevated his reputation on the international circuit. An injury hampered his chances at the 2019 World Cup but he has since gone from strength to strength, establishing himself for both his country and the IPL’s Dehli Capitals. His form earned him a big-money move to Lucknow Super Giants, where he’ll play his cricket in 2023.
Stoinis has earned a big reputation as an excellent finisher down the batting order, but his performances in the BBL for Melbourne Stars have shown he is able to dominate higher up the batting order too. And it could be near the top order where Stoinis shines for Southern Brave.
Adam Zampa, 30
Spinner Zampa announced his arrival with five wickets at the 2016 T20 World Cup, but it took him until 2019 to nail down a regular place in the Australian side. It wasn’t until the 2020 T20 World Cup that Zampa established himself as a key member of the Australia attack, finishing second in the wickets chart (13 in seven matches) as they lifted the trophy.
Birmingham Phoenix took Zampa on in 2021, but this season he lines up for Welsh Fire, where he’ll be trusted to be the side’s main threat. Batters won’t envy coming up against him, with his devilish leg-breaks likely to claim plenty of wickets.
Alana King, 26
King is one of the brightest rising stars in Australian cricket and has had a fantastic 2022, winning her first cap for Australia in all three formats within a 14-day period. She’s taken 14 wickets across 12 ODIs so far, as well as chipping in with the bat.
Trent Rockets saw enough potential in King to sign her up for 2022, and she’ll join up with fellow Australians Lanning and Elyse Villani at Trent Bridge. She’s likely to be lower down the batting order than her compatriots, but should make things happen with the ball as they look to improve on last year’s seventh place finish.
Tim David, 26
Middle order batsman
David has emerged as one of the best finishers in limited overs cricket over the last 18 months after a breakout season in the BBL with Hobart Hurricanes in 2020/21. A powerful batter, the 26-year-old smashed a mammoth 186 runs at a record strike rate of 216. His performance in last year’s Hundred final helped Southern Brave to the inaugural crown, with David scoring 15 runs from 6 balls and claiming the key wicket of Liam Livingstone with a brilliant runout from deep.
He rejoins Southern Braves this season and will be hoping to help them claim another title as well as make the jump from Singapore to Australia in international cricket, with that call-up rumoured to be happening very soon.
|Matthew Wade||Meg Lanning|
|Kane Richardson||Ellyse Perry|
|Glenn Maxwell||Alyssa Healy|
|Riley Meredith||Alana King|
|Ben McDermott||Rachael Haynes|
|Sean Abbott||Annabel Sutherland|
|Ashton Turner||Tahlia McGrath|
|Hilton Cartwright||Beth Mooney|
|Marcus Stoinis||Sophie Molineux|
|Daniel Sams||Heather Graham|
|Adam Zampa||Nicola Carey|
|Tim David||Ellyse Villani|