Joe Root says he ‘never stood a chance’ of heading up The Hundred’s Leeds-based franchise as long as England teammate Ben Stokes was available.
The Hundred, the ECB’s new 100-ball format was launched on Thursday, with the country’s biggest names on offer ahead of the full player draft later this month.
Each of the eight teams were able to pick one centrally contracted Test player, which posed a dilemma for the Northern Superchargers, who represent Root’s Yorkshire and Stokes’ Durham.
However, they opted for Stokes after his stunning summer during which he gave a remarkable Ashes test-winning innings at Headingley and produced unforgettable heroics at as England won the World Cup on home soil.
Root will instead head to the Nottingham-based Trent Rockets, but he has no hard feelings at all.
“I think anyone that had Stokesy at their disposal, especially off the back of this summer, was on to a winner really,” he said of Stokes.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re Virat Kohli, you’d have struggled to get first choice over Ben.
“It will be nice to see him back at Headingley and I’m sure some fond memories will flood back for him when he’s playing there again.
“It will feel a little bit strange for me, I’ve never had to think about signing for anyone else in county cricket, but I’m excited to be at Trent Bridge – it’s a great ground, a fantastic wicket and there’s short boundaries!”
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