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Southampton appoint Jayawardene and Edwards as coaches for The Hundred

Mahela Jayawardene and Charlotte Edwards have been confirmed as head coaches for the men and women's Southampton-based sides for next year's The Hundred competition.

Jayawardene will be accompanied by the likes of Shane Bond, Jimmy Adams and Richard Halsall, former England and Bangladesh assistant coach.

The former Sri Lanka skipper has previously worked as the coach for the Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians, leading them twice to the coveted title.

Jayawardene, who has accumulated 11,814 runs in Test cricket across 149 games, eagerly looked forward to initiating his coaching stint in The Hundred.

"I think The Hundred will interest the world's best players because England is a great place to play cricket," he said.

"The structure of the tournament is good and that means most of the guys will put their name in the hat because this is a tournament that excites them."

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Edwards is only the second English coach to have signed up for the innovative 100-ball format introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board slated to begin in July 2020.

Edwards has served as the director of women's cricket at Hampshire and was the batting coach for Adelaide Strikers in the Women's Big Bash.

"I feel like I've learned a lot from coaching overseas and working with the Southern Vipers. It's my time to have a go and see what I can do," she said.

"I think The Hundred is going to have a positive impact on the game at a grassroots level. I'm really looking forward to being there from the start and watching it all unfold. It's really exciting because I've been to Australia and seen the impact the Big Bash has had and you just feel like we can do exactly that and more."

Most coaching positions have already been finalized for the eight-team tournament, which is expected to be conducted alongside the T20 Blast and the Kia Super League.

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