Tom Moody is set to be appointed the men’s coach of The Oval-based team in The Hundred, according to a report in the Evening Standard.
He would become the fourth Australian coach to be signed up for the ECB’s new 100-ball competition, joining Shane Warne, Andrew McDonald and Simon Katich in bossing one of the newly-created franchise teams. Australia batting great Ricky Ponting was also rumoured to be in contention.
The news broke on the same day that former England captain and ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss spoke of his disappointment at the dearth of English coaching candidates being considered for the competition that will launch in 2020.
“I love the concept of The Hundred and it has grabbed my attention in the same way the IPL did.”https://t.co/PLi6HLdXFC
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 9, 2019
However, the Oval Invincibles, as they are set to be called, are likely to appoint an English coach to head up their women’s team, with former international Lydia Greenway in strong contention.
Moody, a former Australia international and coach of Sri Lanka, will bring extensive coaching experience in the white-ball game, having represented T20 franchises in the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League and Big Bash League.