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Joe Root Jos Buttler And Shane Warne React To First Ever The Hundred Cricket Draft

Buttler saw his Manchester Originals franchise snap up several promising youngsters, including Tom Abell and Phil Salt.

Speaking of the potential of the format, Buttler added: "You’re looking to engage current fans and new fans, and I think it does exactly that. 

"A lot of it is building a brand of that franchise. I look at our side, young English talent, a team that could be together for a long time. 

England test captain Joe Root is buoyant about how new domestic cricket format The Hundred is shaping up ahead of its inaugural campaign next year.

Joe Root Jos Buttler And Shane Warne React To First Ever The Hundred Cricket Draft
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Root was one of the players present at the first-ever draft in British sporting history which determined how the eight squads involved will look for next season.

The 28-year-old had already been assigned as the central red-ball delegate for Nottingham's Trent Rockets ahead of the draft, and watched on as his side selected spin bowler Rashid Khan as first pick.

And Root was increasingly confident of the tournament being a success.

"Seeing all the head coaches - it's an impressive room of people. That sort of really hit home how big the standard of this tournament is going to be," Root said.

"You look at the players who came out in those first three rounds, the standard is going to be right up there."

"Which looking at your investment as well, you're getting a guy now but what a player he might be in three, four, five years time, when you’re trying to win it in its sixth edition."

Australian spin bowl legend Shane Warne is coach of London Spirit for the tournaments first installment, and was among the selectees who were given just 100 seconds between each pick to make their decision from a pool of 570 cricketers in the hat.

"I thought it was fascinating," Warne said. "It was interesting to see how they [other coaches] thought of different people.

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