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Australia’s Warner enters Hundred draft

LONDON (State Observer) – Australia star David Warner is on a list of more than 250 players vying for the seven remaining overseas places in the draft for the inaugural edition of English cricket s Hundred competition.

The 100 balls-per-side franchise competition was meant to have been launched last year but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Most selections from last year s draft have been retained by the eight teams but there are still seven overseas and 28 domestic positions to be filled.

Hard-hitting batsman Warner is one of 10 overseas players in the highest reserve price bracket of 100,000 pound ($139,000) along with Pakistan s Babar Azam, South Africa s Quinton de Kock and West Indies  Jason Holder.

The final player picks will be decided in a virtual draft on Monday.

Warner was a first-round pick by Southern Brave in 2020 but withdrew in the early stages of the pandemic due to scheduling issues.

He had not been expected to re-enter this year s draft, but the postponement of Australia s tour of South Africa has eased his schedule.

Australia team-mates Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc, both of whom initially signed up with Welsh Fire, are no longer involved.

Three members of England s Test squad in India are taking part in the draft, with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, off-spinner Dom Bess and fast bowler Olly Stone all seeking a place.

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