Australia star Ben McDermott leads the Hundred’s overseas wildcard picks by joining London Spirit


Australia limited-overs star Ben McDermott leads the Hundred’s overseas wildcard picks by joining London Spirit… as Manchester Originals and Trent Rockets sign countrymen Ashton Turner and Daniel Sams

  • Ben McDermott has hit 20 sixes for Hampshire in this season’s Vitality Blast 
  • Fellow Australians Daniel Sams and Ashton Turner were also picked up 
  • The pair have joined Trent Rockets and Manchester Originals as wildcard picks 
  • Last year’s runners-up Birmingham Phoenix have re-signed spinner Imran Tahir

Big-hitting Ben McDermott was the most eye-catching selection in the Hundred’s overseas wildcard picks on Thursday.

Australian McDermott – the leading six hitter in this season’s Vitality Blast at the time of the announcement, with 20 for Hampshire before being overtaken by Chris Lynn – will beef up London Spirit, last year’s wooden spoonists.

Inaugural champions Southern Brave signed another explosive batsman in Yorkshire’s Finn Allen, who represented runners-up Birmingham Phoenix in 2021.

Ben McDermott was the most eye-catching selection in the Hundred’s overseas wildcard picks

Daniel Sams has been representing Essex in the Vitality Blast

Fellow Australian Ashton Turner has been playing for Durham

Ashton Turner and Daniel Sams have joined Manchester Originals and Trent Rockets

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The Edgbaston-based side have re-signed veteran South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir while his former international team-mate David Wiese will hook up with Northern Superchargers.

Two Australians currently starring in the Blast in Ashton Turner and Daniel Sams have joined Manchester Originals and Trent Rockets respectively.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain will bolster Oval Invincibles’ squad while Welsh Fire have added Afghanistan’s teenage spinner Noor Ahmad to their mix.

In contrast to last year’s tournament, the eight teams are permitted to include four imports in their squads but only field three in their XI.

To be considered as wildcard picks, individuals had to be willing to accept £50,000 contracts – even if their original draft price was higher.

Last year's runners-up Birmingham Phoenix have re-signed veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir

Last year’s runners-up Birmingham Phoenix have re-signed veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir

McDermott has hit the second-most sixes in the Blast this season after countryman Chris Lynn

McDermott has hit the second-most sixes in the Blast this season after countryman Chris Lynn

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