England is undefeated. As Steve Smiths waits in the draft, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran discuss The Hundred.

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England is undefeated. As Steve Smiths waits in the draft, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran discuss The Hundred.

The Hundred is expected to be a success, according to Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.

The Hundred, England’s new contentious cricket event, has crossed its first significant hurdle: the star players have enthusiastically jumped on board.

When the competition begins next summer, the biggest challenge will be yet to come.

Will a suspicious sporting public be won over by fast-paced cricket including a slew of innovations such as bowlers’ ability to pick between five and ten ball overs and even change ends midway through an over?

England all-rounders Chris Woakes and Sam Curran have a simple and passionate advice for future players: give it a chance.

Woakes, who will play for Birmingham Phoenix, one of the eight fresh new city-based clubs, remarked, “There will always be skeptics.”

“It’s just the way the world works, and cricket is no different. Cricket, on the other hand, is immune to this. It can only be advantageous.

“I enjoy all types of cricket, but this will introduce new players to the game and inspire the next generation to take up the sport. It has the potential to be a game-changer for the sport.

“I’ve heard some people say they don’t like the concept and that it’s not cricket, but seeing the top players compete will be exciting.

“Perhaps it will be perplexing for players and spectators at first. But it won’t take long for people to see what’s going on. It’s still cricket, and there’s still a bat and a ball involved.

“When T20 first began, many people were skeptical, but look where it is now. There is no limit to how far you can go with this.

“I spoke to a number of the Australian players about it during the Ashes series, and they were all delighted to be a part of it, including Steve Smith.

“They want to be a part of something that is unique. It isn’t just about the money. They can make a lot more money in the IPL, believe it or not. It’s a need to be a part of something different.”

Attracting Smith, the world’s No. 1 batsman, is a significant coup for The Hundred’s organizers, and the Australian will almost certainly be among the first picks for the eight new clubs in the draft later this month.

Curran has already been chosen by one of two teams, the Oval Invincibles. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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