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Flower to coach Rockets in Hundred as Fleming withdraws

Andy Flower will coach Trent Rockets in the inaugural edition of The Hundred this summer

Former England coach Andy Flower will lead Trent Rockets in the inaugural edition of The Hundred with Stephen Fleming withdrawing from the role.

Former New Zealand captain Fleming has opted out of the position for family reasons, citing the difficulty of travel and quarantine protocols during a global pandemic.

Ex-Zimbabwe-batsman Flower led England to an Ashes win in Australia in 2010-11 and to the 2010 World T20 title, while the side also topped the world Test rankings under his tenure.

Stephen Fleming has stepped back from his role as coach as he looks spend more time with his family

Stephen Fleming has stepped back from his role as coach as he looks spend more time with his family

Fleming said: “I’m really disappointed that I won’t be coach of the side this summer but ultimately family has to come first.

“The current global crisis has made it very difficult to travel and the extra time needed for quarantines has made it hard to get the right work-home balance.

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“Andy is a world-class coach with experience all over the world and I’m sure the Trent Rockets men’s team will have a fantastic first season of The Hundred with him behind them.”

Rockets’ men’s squad for The Hundred will include England Test captain Joe Root as well as Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, West Indies star Andre Russell and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan.

Flower said: “Stephen (Fleming) will be a tough act to follow but the guys put together a really strong squad in the original draft with a mix of international and local talent.

“We have built on it in this draft with (Timm) Van Der Gugten and Samit Patel joining. The Hundred is a really exciting competition and we can’t wait to get going at Trent Bridge this summer.”


Tickets to the 2021 edition of The Hundred will be available to buy during four sales windows in the lead up to the competition this summer.

County members will have first chance to get tickets, followed by people who bought tickets for the 2020 competition. Eligible members will be contacted directly by their county, and 2020 buyers will be contacted directly by The Hundred with more detail on these opportunities.

The priority window will then open to all those signed up to thehundred.com, from April 7-18, before they then go on general sale will start from April 21 and are open to anyone to buy tickets.

The Hundred fixtures

All matches are both men’s and women’s games unless stated:

July 21: Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (women’s), Kia Oval

July 22: Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (men’s), Kia Oval

July 23: Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston

July 24: Trent Rockets v Southern Brave, Trent Bridge

Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire, Emerald Headingley

July 25: London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord’s

Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix, Emirates Old Trafford

July 26: Trent Rockets v Northern Superchargers, Trent Bridge

July 27: Welsh Fire v Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens

July 28: Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford

July 29: London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord’s

July 30: Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl

July 31: Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens

Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley

August 1: Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Egdbaston

London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord’s

August 2: Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval

August 3: London Spirit v Northern Superchargers, Lord’s

August 4: Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles, Edgbaston

August 5: Manchester Originals v Southern Brave, Emirates Old Trafford

August 6: Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets, Sophia Gardens

August 7: Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers, Ageas Bowl

August 8: Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets, Kia Oval

August 9: Birmingham Phoenix v Welsh Fire, Edgbaston

August 10: Manchester Originals v London Spirit, Emirates Old Trafford

August 11: Southern Brave v Welsh Fire, Ageas Bowl

August 12: Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Emerald Headingley

August 13: Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge

August 14: Oval Invincibles v London Spirit, Kia Oval

August 15: Trent Rockets v Manchester Originals, Trent Bridge

August 16: Southern Brave v Oval Invincibles, Ageas Bowl

August 17: Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley

August 18: Welsh Fire v London Spirit, Sophia Gardens

August 20: Women’s and Men’s Eliminator, Kia Oval

August 21: Men’s and Women’s Finals, Lord’s

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