London Spirit

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London Spirit
London Spirit logo.png
Personnel
Captain Flag of England.svg Eoin Morgan
(Men's team)
Flag of England.svg Heather Knight
(Women's team)
Coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Warne
(Men's team)
Flag of England.svg Trevor Griffin
(Women's team)
Overseas player(s) Flag of Pakistan.svg Mohammad Amir
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Glenn Maxwell
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Mohammad Nabi
(Men's team)
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg Deandra Dottin
Flag of India.svg Deepti Sharma
Flag of South Africa.svg Chloe Tryon
(Women's team)
Team information
Colours   
Founded2019
Home ground Lord's
Capacity30,000
History
No. of titles0
The Hundred title wins0
The Hundred game wins0
Official website London Spirit

London Spirit are a franchise 100-ball cricket side representing the historic counties of Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire in the newly founded The Hundred competition, which will take place for the first time during the 2021 English and Welsh cricket season. Both the men's and women's sides will play at Lord's.

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History

The announcement of the new eight-team men's and women's tournament series in 2019 was not without controversy, with the likes of Virat Kohli criticising the England and Wales Cricket Board for pursuing a shift away from Test cricket, [1] while others argued the format should have followed the established and successful Twenty20 format. The ECB however decided it needed a more unique format to draw crowds.

In August 2019 the side announced that former Australian spinner Shane Warne would be the men's team's first coach, while former Australia Women coach Lisa Keightley was appointed coach of the Women's team. [2]

The inaugural Hundred draft took place in October 2019 and saw the Spirit claim Rory Burns as their headline men's draftee, and Heather Knight as the women's headliner. They are joined by England One-Day captain Eoin Morgan and Essex's Dan Lawrence for the men's team, while Freya Davies joins Knight in the women's side. [3]

Honours

Lord's Lords-Cricket-Ground-Pavilion-06-08-2017.jpg
Lord's

Men's honours

Women's honours

Ground

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The County Ground, Chelmsford

Both the London Spirit men's and women's sides play at the home of Cricket, Lord's, in the St. John's Wood area of London. The women's side had been due to play at the home of Essex County Cricket Club, the County Ground in Chelmsford, and the home of Northamptonshire, the County Ground in Northampton but both teams were brought together at the same ground as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Players

Current squad

Men's side

  • Bold denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
S/NNameNat.Date of birth (age)Batting styleBowling styleNotes
Batsmen
Zak Crawley Flag of England.svg 3 February 1998 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break Centrally Contracted player
Joe Denly Flag of England.svg 16 March 1986 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
Dan Lawrence Flag of England.svg 12 July 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break Local Icon player
Glenn Maxwell Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 October 1988 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm off break Overseas player
Eoin Morgan Flag of England.svg [lower-alpha 1] 10 September 1986 (age 34)Left-handedRight-arm medium Captain
All Rounders
Ravi Bopara Flag of England.svg 4 May 1985 (age 36)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Mohammad Nabi Flag of Afghanistan.svg 1 January 1985 (age 36)Right-handedRight-arm off break Overseas player
Luis Reece Flag of England.svg 4 August 1990 (age 30)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
Roelof van der Merwe Flag of the Netherlands.svg [lower-alpha 2] 31 December 1984 (age 36)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Wicketkeepers
Adam Rossington Flag of England.svg 5 May 1993 (age 28)Right-handed
Pace bowlers
Mohammad Amir Flag of Pakistan.svg 13 April 1992 (age 29)Left-handedLeft-arm fast Overseas player
Jade Dernbach Flag of England.svg 3 March 1986 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Chris Wood Flag of England.svg 27 June 1990 (age 30)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
Mark Wood Flag of England.svg 11 January 1990 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm fast
Spin bowlers
Mason Crane Flag of England.svg 18 February 1997 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
  1. Morgan has also played international cricket for Ireland.
  2. Van der Merwe has also played international cricket for South Africa.

    Women's side

    • Bold denotes players with international caps.
    •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
    S/NNameNat.Date of birth (age)Batting styleBowling styleNotes
    Batters
    Aylish Cranstone Flag of England.svg 28 August 1994 (age 26)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
    Danielle Gibson Flag of England.svg 30 April 2001 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm medium Centrally Contracted player
    Heather Knight Flag of England.svg 26 December 1990 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm off break Captain
    Susie Rowe Flag of England.svg 13 April 1987 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    All Rounders
    Naomi Dattani Flag of England.svg 28 April 1994 (age 27)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
    Charlie Dean Flag of England.svg 22 December 2000 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm off break
    Deandra Dottin WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg 21 June 1991 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Marquee player;
    Overseas player
    Hannah Jones Flag of England.svg 21 July 1999 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    Deepti Sharma Flag of India.svg 24 August 1997 (age 23)Left-handedRight-arm off break Overseas player
    Chloe Tryon Flag of South Africa.svg 25 January 1994 (age 27)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas player
    Wicketkeepers
    Tammy Beaumont Flag of England.svg 11 March 1991 (age 30)Right-handed
    Amara Carr Flag of England.svg 17 April 1994 (age 27)Right-handed
    Pace bowlers
    Freya Davies Flag of England.svg 27 October 1995 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
    Sophie Munro Flag of England.svg 31 August 2001 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    Spin bowlers

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