The Hundred is coming to revitalise domestic cricket but where will the Southern Brave team be playing?
After one of the most captivating summers of cricket we’ve seen in a long time, with England winning the World Cup and missing out on The Ashes, attention is starting to turn towards the 2020 season and the new tournament that’s coming to hopefully revitalise English cricket.
The tournament in question is the newly formed The Hundred which is set to feature eight brand new teams from across the UK and will bring fans a new form of cricket.
One of the eight teams entering the 2020 edition of The Hundred is Southern Brave which will represent both Hampshire and Sussex in the new experimental tournament.
But with the team merging both Hampshire and Sussex, where are they set to play?
Southern Brave and The Hundred explained
The Hundred is the English Cricket Board’s attempt to revitalise domestic cricket and shake up the tried and tested formula in order to bring in a new generation of fans.
The eight-team tournament will, unlike T20 or One-Day matches, not focus on the number of overs in a match but on the number of balls bowled.
As you can probably guess from the tournament’s name, The Hundred will see each team face 100 balls which will be split into 10 10-ball overs.
Southern Brave are one of the eight teams in the tournament and join the likes of Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire.
Southern Brave’s star player
The teams in The Hundred are selected via drafts similar to American Football or Basketball.
The Hundred will feature both a men’s and women’s variant.
In the men’s tournament, Southern Brave’s biggest star player is, without doubt, fast-bowler Jorfra Archer who was part of the World Cup-winning England team and gave Australia’s Steve Smith a hard time in The Ashes not long after.
Where will Southern Brave play?
Being an amalgamation of both Sussex and Hampshire, there was some debate over where Southern Brave were going to play.
Well, the decision has been made and Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl will play host to matches for Jorfra Archer’s outfit.
The Ageas Bowl, which was first opened in 2001 as the Rose Bowl, usually plays host to Hampshire in county cricket and Southern Vipers in women’s T20 matches.
The Southampton-based ground can hold up to 15,000 on a standard matchday but can facilitate 25,000 fans with temporary seating for the bigger fixtures.
For fans who can’t make it down to Southampton, both Sky and the BBC are scheduled to broadcast coverage of the tournament when it finally arrives in July 2020.