Trent Rockets batsman Joe Root says a high-quality pool of players in The Hundred should help standards soar in English cricket.

Root will play for the Trent Bridge-based team when the competition starts next summer but, first, he is hoping coach Stephen Fleming can oversee a strong showing in the Player Draft, which you can watch live on Sky Sports on Sunday October 20.

West Indies’ Chris Gayle, Australian Steve Smith and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are among the high-profile players confirmed to take part in the brand-new domestic tournament set to take place between July 17 and August 16 2020.

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“The draft is going to be very interesting to see where certain players end up,” said Root.

“It’s very exciting. It’s going to be very different in many ways but it will add to strategy and make guys think slightly differently about the game, and I’m sure that will make for some fantastic viewing too.

“There are some big names in the draft, like Kane Williamson, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith. When you’ve got great players like that you are pretty much guaranteed exciting cricket. It’s going to make for a great tournament.”