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Andrew McDonald named Birmingham Phoenix head coach in The Hundred

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald has been named as head coach of the Birmingham-based team in The Hundred.

McDonald was in charge of Melbourne Renegades when they won their first Big Bash title and also secured the Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup titles for Victoria.

The 38-year-old will be assisted by former New Zealand all-rounder Daniel Vettori.

McDonald is the second Australian to be named as a coach in The Hundred, following the appointment of Simon Katich who will take the duties of Manchester based team.

The five-week tournament will get under way in July 2020 and will feature eight city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London.

McDonald, 38, said: "The Hundred is a tournament that’s generating interest across the globe and the opportunity to be part of it as head coach of the Birmingham team is something that I'm relishing."

The England and Wales Cricket Board have introduced The Hundred on attracting the younger generation to cricket.

Questions have also been raised whether there is a need for another short-form event in an already packed calendar.