Cricket Picks; Can Southern Brave win The Hundred again in 2022?

The second edition of The Hundred starts on Wednesday for the Men. The Southern Brave won the inaugural competition in 2021, and they go into this year’s competition as the betting favorites. But can the Brave win again this year, or will there be a new name engraved on the trophy at the end of the competition?

For the men, their competition starts on Wednesday, August 3rd. For the women, The Hundred starts on August 11th due to Women’s cricket being a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Men’s competition lasts for a month, while the Women’s is just over three weeks. Both the finals are played on the same day at Lord’s, September 3rd.

What Is The Hundred?

Let’s keep this brief, as we need to look at the teams playing. A game of T20 in cricket is 120 balls, with The Hundred the clues in the name. It is an even shorter game of T20 cricket, and instead of being 120 balls like T20, it is simply 100 balls a side.

Whoever scores the most runs of the hundred balls wins. The only other difference is that bowlers either bowl five balls or ten balls instead of the traditional 6-ball overs we are used to in cricket. Apart from that, it’s the same. See the ball, hit the ball, and the team with the most runs wins.

The competition sees eight franchise teams play against each other in a round-robin format. There is one additional game against a team’s local rivals, taking the round-robin format up to eight games played each. For example, the Southern Brave is at home to Welsh Fire, and they also play away to them. When it comes to the other six franchises, the Brave will only play them once each.

Who Are The Favorites To Win The Hundred 2022?

The favorite to win The Hundred in 2022 is the Southern Brave. They won the inaugural competition in 2021, beating Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs in a convincing win in the final at Lord’s.

The Brave peaked at the right time, and in beating the Birmingham Phoenix, they won against the franchise that topped the table and was arguably the best side in the competition.

This explains why both top the betting going into this year’s competition. The Brave are +325 to defend their title with the best cricket betting sites, while the Phoenix are +475 second-favorites to win the title they believe they should have won last season.

The Hundred 2022 Winner OddsBetOnline
Southern Brave+325
Birmingham Phoenix+475
Oval Invincibles+550
Trent Rockets+600
Manchester Originals+700
Northern Superchargers+800
Welsh Fire+800
London Spirit+900

Can The Southern Brave defend their Title?

It will be difficult for the Brave to repeat what happened last season. The Brave will again be without Jofra Archer, not that it impeded them much last season. But one big weapon from 12 months ago, Tymal Mills, has struggled for form and fitness recently.

Mills was a huge factor in the Brave winning the title, and such was his impressive form, he forced his way into the England side and the T20 world cup squad. If Mills performs, the Brave have a chance. They also still have an impressive batting lineup consisting of James Vince, Quinton de Kock, and Alex Davies, who were three of last season’s top eight run-scorers.

Can Birmingham Phoenix do it this Year?

Last season the Birmingham Phoenix had a firing Liam Livingstone and were inspired by captain Moeen Ali’s all-around brilliance.

Like Mills for the Southern Brave, Liam Livingstone used this competition to force his way into England’s T20 World Cup squad. If Livingstone fires again this season, then the Phoenix will no doubt be a threat and capable of beating anybody.

Another thing going in favor of Birmingham is they have kept overseas stars Imran Tahir and Adam Milne. Milne was unplayable at times last year.

A word of note, 12 months ago, Liam Livingstone topped the run-scoring charts, and Adam Milne was the top wicket-taker.

Best Of The Rest; Manchester Originals

The Manchester Originals finished sixth in the table last year, but due to international commitments, they were without Jos Buttler, one of the world’s best white ball batsmen.

This year Buttler will be available for the whole competition, and although he has recently struggled on international duty for England, he was unbelievable in the IPL earlier this year.

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Buttler will also have Phil Salt as company. Similar to Livingstone 12 months ago, Salt is a player on the cusp of the England squad and knows a good competition here could see him force his way into the 2022 T20 World Cup reckoning.

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London Spirit; Could They Be The Value Pick?

The London Spirit quite simply had a horrific first season. They finished bottom of the table winning just one of their eight matches and losing six (one was rained off).

They were coached by the sadly departed Shane Warne and captained by the then-England captain Eoin Morgan. This year, England’s former world cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss has been brought in to replace Warne, and he will resume his world cup winning coach/captain partnership with Morgan.

Can they roll back the years and be successful? Maybe. But as the outsiders in the betting at +900, I think the London Spirit are worth a small outside wager.

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Our Cricket Betting Pick

For our main free cricket betting pick, I’m going for Birmingham, Phoenix.

The combination of Ali and Livingstone with the bat, along with Tahir and Milne with the ball, makes the Phoenix a real threat. I’m backing the Phoenix to click again this season and complete the job they just failed to finish last year.

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Dean Etheridge

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