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Cricket news - Warne to coach Lord's-based franchise in The Hundred

"I love the concept of The Hundred and it has grabbed my attention in the same way the IPL did."

Shane Warne, the former Australian spinner, has been named as head coach of Lord's-based The Hundred franchise. The announcement was made on Friday (August 9) which also confirmed Lisa Keightley, former Australia women's coach, taking over same role with the women's team.

Warne has previously played as player cum coach for Rajasthan Royals and also led them to the title in the inaugural Indian Premier League season. He joins former colleagues Simon Katich (Manchester) and Andrew McDonald (Birmingham) as head coaches to be named in The Hundred.

"I'm very proud and very honoured to be asked to be the head coach of The Hundred team based at Lord's," said Warne. "The opportunity to coach in a brand-new tournament and work with modern-day players is something that I will really enjoy and I am looking forward to the challenge. This tournament will unearth some heroes and hopefully some future World Cup stars for England and other countries.

"I always want to be ahead of the curve because cricket benefits from innovation and that was the case in 2008 with the IPL, when I was captain-coach of the Rajasthan Royals. I love the concept of The Hundred and it has grabbed my attention in the same way the IPL did. We built a team from scratch with a diverse range of players from different backgrounds and ages and I can't wait to build the same mix of players to entertain the fans who come down to Lord's for The Hundred."

Keightley becomes the first female coach to be named in The Hundred. Apart from managing Australian women's team, she has coached Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League. "It is an honour to be appointed as the first female coach for The Hundred and to be a part of a tournament that is set to showcase the best women's players from around the world," she said. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a coach in England and the prestige and opportunity of this role made it an easy decision for me to come back."

The Lord's-based franchise will consist players from Middlesex, Essex, Northamptonshire and MCC.

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