Tom Moody, the former Australian spinner who now serves numerous teams in professional crickets across the world, has as well landed a role in England and Wales Cricket Board’s The Hundred. He will be the Head Coach of the Oval-based The Hundred team. The team has also hired former England women’s team player Lydia Greenway.
Moody has established a reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent coaches at international and domestic level having led Sri Lanka to the 2007 ICC Men’s World Cup final and more recently coaching Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first Indian Premier League title in 2016.
The former Australian international is the final coaching appointment for the eight men’s teams in The Hundred, joining Stephen Fleming (Nottingham), Mahela Jayawardena (Southampton), Simon Katich (Manchester), Gary Kirsten (Cardiff), Darren Lehmann (Leeds), Andrew McDonald (Birmingham) and Shane Warne (Lord’s). Among these seasoned prose, Kirsten has coached India and South Africa as well as in the Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League
Moody believes the new challenge of the 100-ball format has been a major drawcard for the world’s best coaches, ECB has stated in a report. “Anything that is new and is innovative has an automatic appeal. From a coaching perspective it presents new challenges to test yourself against in a world-class environment. To be a part of the early stages of a tournament where you have the opportunity to set the tone around what the 100-ball format will look like is a unique opportunity,” said Moody.
“Drawing on the knowledge of the local coaches will be critical. That opportunity works the other way where, as head coaches, we can pass on our knowledge from other tournaments, which will hopefully be beneficial for all of the assistant coaches.”
Meanwhile, former England women’s team player Lydia Greenway too has joined the Oval Team to coach their women’s coach. Greenway is a five-time Ashes winner and was a part of the England squads that won the ICC Women’s World Cup and Women’s World T20 in 2009.
The 34-year-old has served a Kent Women’s head coach and is looking forward to working with the world’s best players as well as developing home-grown talent. Greenway is a five-time Ashes winner and won the ICC Women’s World Cup and Women’s World T20 in 2009 with England.
Greenway said: “Coaching is something that I’m hugely passionate about. When you’re working with players who want to get better and improve all of the time, that’s special.
“I feel extremely privileged to have this chance. It’s an opportunity to work with the best players in the country and the best players from around the world, which is really exciting.
“The Hundred will provide a platform for domestic players to step forward and make their case for selection on a stage that is as close to international cricket as you can get.