Joe Clarke re-signed by Manchester Originals for inaugural ‘The Hundred’

Former Oswestry batsman Joe Clarke has been re-signed by the Manchester Originals ahead of the re-arranged Hundred competition this summer.

The originals, who will be based at Old Trafford, signed Clarke in the draft last year ahead of what was set to be the first outing for the franchise competition last summer.

But due to the Covid-19 outbreak the tournament was pushed back to 2020.

It will see England go into the world of franchise cricket, like we have seen in other nations around the world.

Sides in The Hundred were given a deadline by which the they had to re-sign or retain the players they purchased in the draft last year.

This week the Originals announced that South African pair Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preeze would be joined by Clarke and fellow Englishman Phil Salt.

Clarke will provide much of the batting force for the Manchester side, and will go into it on the back of some sparkling form in last year’s T20 Vitality Blast, in which he hit the most sixes.

Currently Clarke is in Australia, where his Perth Scorchers side have been resurgent in the Big Bash League after a disappointing start to their campaign.

Clarke played in the opening games and struck 34 in one outing, but hasn’t featured in the Scorchers eleven since.

Perth have three games left in competition and now sit second after a below average start to the competition.

Following the completion of the competition, Clarke will then head to Pakistan to turn out for Karachi Kings in their T20 franchise.

By that time the County Championship will be approaching and Clarke will be looking to hit the ground running, to hopefully put him within touching distance of an England call up.

Last year ESPN Cricinfo speculated that Clarke was in with a shout with gaining a spot on England’s limited overs tour of South Africa.

However selectors opted to go for Dawid Malan because of the batsman’s former in 2020.

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