[caption id="attachment_870424" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-870424" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Andrew-McDonald_Edgbaston-Twitter-Resized.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="418" /> Andrew McDonald is the second Australian to be confirmed as a coach in the new competition, following the appointment of Simon Katich to take charge of the Manchester team. @Twitter/Edgbaston[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former Australia all-rounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/andrew-mcdonald">Andrew McDonald</a> was announced on Friday as head coach of the Birmingham-based team in the controversial new short-form tournament <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/the-hundred">The Hundred</a>. <p></p> <p></p>McDonald this year became the first coach to secure an Australian domestic treble, leading Melbourne Renegades to a first Big Bash title, while also securing the Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup with his native Victoria. <p></p> <p></p>The 38-year-old will be assisted at Edgbaston by former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori. McDonald is the second Australian to be confirmed as a coach in the new competition, following the appointment of Simon Katich to take charge of the Manchester team. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ecb-admits-mistakes-in-promoting-the-hundred-tournament-844239">ECB admits mistakes in promoting The Hundred tournament</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The five-week 100-ball tournament gets under way in July 2020 and will feature eight city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London. <p></p> <p></p>McDonald, 38, said: "The Hundred is a tournament that's generating interest across the globe and the opportunity to be part of it as head coach of the Birmingham team is something that I'm relishing." <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/the-hundred-is-crickets-brexit-wisden-lashes-out-at-new-100-ball-competition-827166">The Hundred is cricket's Brexit: Wisden lashes out at new 100-ball competition</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ecb">England and Wales Cricket Board</a> faced huge public criticism for suggesting the 100-balls-per-side competition was aimed at attracting a new audience as opposed to existing fans. <p></p> <p></p>Questions have also been raised about whether there is a need for another short-form event in an already congested calendar, given the success of Twenty20 matches and the new competition's potential impact on English cricket's existing 18 first-class counties. A televised player draft for The Hundred will be held on October.