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Warner and Smith sign up for Hundred draft

Australian stars will be playing in England next summer.

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Steve Smith and David Warner are in the Hundred draft (PA)

Steve Smith and David Warner are in the Hundred draft (PA)

Steve Smith and David Warner are in the Hundred draft (PA)

Ashes star Steve Smith heads a star-studded overseas contingent throwing their hats into the ring for the inaugural draft of The Hundred.

England’s centrally-contracted Test players will be the first to be allocated when the eight franchises are formally unveiled on Thursday, with the rest of the squads being determined at a live television event on October 20.

And there has been no shortage of interest from around the world. Australia’s master batsman Smith will be joined by compatriots David Warner, Aaron Finch and Mitchell Starc, while the top-ranked batsman and bowler in Twenty20 cricket – Babar Azam and Rashid Khan – have also put their names forward.

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Big-hitting Chris Gayle will also be there (David Davies/PA)

Big-hitting Chris Gayle will also be there (David Davies/PA)

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Big-hitting Chris Gayle will also be there (David Davies/PA)

Big-name veterans of the white-ball formats are also present and correct, including Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga.

Although England’s red-ball players will have only a limited role in the tournament, several member of the triumphant World Cup squad should play a full part.

Captain Eoin Morgan heads a group which includes Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett. Jason Roy and Moeen Ali are also up for grabs, suggesting the pair may not be due a Test return any time soon.

South Africans Kagiso Rabada and Faf Du Plessis and Quinton De Kock are also available, as is New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

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