The Hundred: Mahela Jayawardene, Charlotte Edwards to coach Southampton-based franchise
Charlotte Edwards and Mahela Jayawardene have been appointed head coaches of the Southampton-based team in The Hundred.

Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene and record-setting former England captain Charlotte Edwards  will coach the respective men’s and women’s teams of the Southampton-based franchise in The Hundred, rumoured to be called Southern Brave.

This is the first head coaching role for Edwards, who last year was appointed director of women’s cricket at Hampshire Cricket.

“The Hundred is an innovative and exciting new tournament and it is a great privilege to be head coach of the Southampton-based team,” said former Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene, whose coaching career includes overseeing Mumbai Indians to two IPL titles in 2017 and 2019.

“I’ve played international and county cricket at Southampton, it’s a great place and I’m looking forward to going back. I think The Hundred will interest the world’s best players because England is a great place to play cricket. The structure of the tournament is good and that means most of the guys will put their name in the hat because this is a tournament that excites them.”

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Joining Jayawardene at the Southampton-based franchise will be his bowling coach at Mumbai Indians, Shane Bond, former Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams and former England and Bangladesh assistant coach Richard Halsall.

In Edwards’ 20-year long career, she helped England lift the World Cup and World T20. Briefly, she was involved in a coaching role for the USA team.

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“I am really excited to be part of The Hundred,” said Edwards. “It’s my first head coach role and I think it’s the right time. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from coaching overseas and working with the Southern Vipers. It’s my time to have a go and see what I can do, I’m really excited by the opportunity and by The Hundred more generally.

“I think The Hundred is going to have a positive impact on the game at a grassroots level. I’m really looking forward to being there from the start and watching it all unfold. It’s really exciting because I’ve been to Australia and seen the impact the Big Bash has had and you just feel like we can do exactly that and more.”

This makes it the fourth The Hundred franchise to name both their men’s and women’s coaching appointments. The other three are the Lord’s-based London team who will be coached by Shane Warne and Lisa Keightley, Cardiff [Gary Kirsten and Matthew Mott] and Leeds [Darren Lehmann and Danielle Hazell].