The Hundred: Ben Sawyer named Birmingham women's coach for new competition

Ben Sawyer
Ben Sawyer coached Sydney as they won the Women's Big Bash League in Australia in 2016/17 and 2017/18

Australian Ben Sawyer has been appointed head coach of the Birmingham women's team for The Hundred when it begins in 2020.

Sawyer, 40, is assistant coach and fast bowling specialist for the Australian national women's team.

"I'm very excited," said Sawyer, whose appointment follows that of fellow Australian Andrew McDonald for the men's team.

The Birmingham team name is expected to be confirmed as the Phoenix.

Sawyer added: "I'm looking forward to assembling a team that can combine global superstars with a lot of the local talent here in the West Midlands that has performed so well in the recent women's county T20."

Sawyer is also the coach of two-time Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) winners Sydney Sixers.

All the coaching posts are now filled, with the exception of the Manchester women's side.

Of the seven women's coaches appointed so far, four are English and three Australian, while none of the eight men's coaches are home-based.

There have been 11 venues chosen to host stand-alone women's matches in The Hundred.

The Birmingham-based side will play most of their at New Road, Worcester, as well as one double-header on the same day as the men's side at Edgbaston.

The Hundred coaches

Birmingham: Andrew McDonald (Australia, men's); Ben Sawyer (Australia, women's)

Cardiff: Gary Kirsten (South Africa, men's); Matthew Mott (Australia, women's)

Leeds: Darren Lehmann (Australia, men's); Danielle Hazell (England, women's)

London (Lord's): Shane Warne (Australia, men's); Lisa Keightley (Australia, women's)

London (The Oval): Tom Moody (Australia); Lydia Greenway (England, women's)

Manchester: Simon Katich (Australia, men's); women's TBA

Nottingham: Stephen Fleming (New Zealand, men's); Salliann Briggs (England, women's)

Southampton: Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka, men's); Charlotte Edwards (England, women's)