Some of Australia’s top cricket players missed out on a juicy payday when they were overlooked for a lucrative T20 tournament.David Warner and Aaron Finch went unsold in the draft for this year’s Hundred, while the Australians were rewarded for their World Cup triumph with several players snapped up for the women’s event. Warner wasn’t picked at the top price bracket of A$215,000, joining his opening partner Finch, Steve Smith, Chris Gayle, Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir as big names to go unsold for the T20 tournament. Watch The 2022 Indian Premier League on Kayo. Every Match Live & On-Demand. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >West Indies star Kieron Pollard was taken with the first pick at the highest price of $A215,000. Among the Australians, wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade was snapped up by the Birmingham Phoenix for the maximum price tag of A$215,000. “I’m super excited to be joining the Birmingham Phoenix in summer and to try my hand at The Hundred,” Wade said.“I watched a lot of the competition last year on TV, and I’m looking forward to getting to play in it this summer. “Obviously the team got to the final last time out, so hoping we can go one better and lift the trophy.”Fast bowler Kane Richardson (A$103,000) was taken with Phoenix’s other overseas spot. Marcus Stoinis was retained by the Southern Brave for the maximum $215,000. Glenn Maxwell was retained by London Spirit (A$172,000), where he will be joined by Riley Meredith (A$129,000).Adam Zampa (A$172,000) was picked up by Welsh Fire as an overseas signing, while the other Aussie men to be drafted were Sean Abbott, Hilton Cartwright and Daniel Worrell. Australia’s women were rewarded for their dominant World Cup win with eleven players either drafted or retained for The Hundred. Aussie skipper Meg Lanning, World Cup hero Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Rachael Haynes were all taken in the top price bracket of A$54,000. All-rounder Sophie Molineux missed Australia’s Women’s World Cup triumph with injury, but was picked up by the Birmingham Phoenix, where she will join Ellyse Perry. Tahlia McGrath, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland were drafted, along with spinners Alana King and Amanda-Jade Wellington. The men’s Hundred will take place in August, while the women’s Hundred begins four days after the final of the Commonwealth Games cricket event in Birmingham, in what is a packed program for the all-conquering Aussie women. Australians in The Hundred (men)Sean Abbott (Manchester Originals, A$103,000)Tim David (Southern Brave, A$86,000)Hilton Cartwright (Oval Invincibles, A$86,000)Glenn Maxwell (London Spirit, A$172,000)Riley Meredith (London Spirit, A$129,000)Kane Richardson (Birmingham Phoenix, A$103,000)Marcus Stoinis (Southern Brave, A$215,000)Matthew Wade (Phoenix, A$215,000)Daniel Worrall (Manchester Originals, A$129,000)Adam Zampa (Welsh Fire, A$172,000)Australians in The Hundred (women)Birmingham Phoenix: Sophie Molineux, Ellyse PerryLondon Spirit: Megan Schutt, Beth MooneyNorthern Superchargers: Alyssa HealyWelsh Fire: Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland Trent Rockets: Meg Lanning, Alana KingSouthern Brave: Tahlia McGrath, Amanda-Jade WellingtonOriginally published as Warner, Smith, Finch miss out on The Hundred’s $1.4m bonanza
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