</figure><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Australian Andrew McDonald is to coach the Birmingham-based men's side in the new competition, The Hundred, in 2020.</p>
The 38-year-old Victorian, who achieved a domestic coaching treble down under last winter, will take charge of the as yet unnamed team.
He will be assisted by former New Zealand Test spinner Daniel Vettori.
Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton and Worcestershire counterpart Alex Gidman will also be part of the backroom team.
The five-week 100-ball format tournament will feature city-based teams at eight of the nine Test match grounds in England and Wales, in Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Leeds and London (at Lord’s and The Oval).
McDonald is the second Australian to be confirmed in one of the head coach roles, following Simon Katich (Manchester), while BBC Radio Leeds reported last week that Darren Lehmann is poised to take control of the Leeds-based team.
“The Hundred is a tournament that’s generating interest across the globe,” said McDonald. “The opportunity to be part of it as head coach of the Birmingham team is something that I’m relishing.
“Being based at Edgbaston will give this team access to some of the best cricket facilities in the world, but it’s also a venue that’s very well known for its atmosphere.”
Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Birmingham and Black Country
October 16, 2019
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