Heather Knight at 'The Hundred' launch. © Getty Images

Heather Knight, England captain, has been named to lead London Spirit in The Hundred, starting next summer. The side will open its campaign against Northern Superchargers on July 23 at Lord’s.

The 28-year-old had famously led her national side victory in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in a nail-biting final against India. Recently, Knight also guided Western Storm to their second title of the erstwhile Women’s Cricket Super League.

She will reunite with Storm head coach Trevor Griffin for the new competition.

“I’m really looking forward to captaining the London Spirit women’s team in The Hundred next year,” Knight said on Wednesday (December 4). “With the new format, there’s going to be the chance to have a real tactical input as a captain and I’m excited to work that out and also bring together a new team in a new competition.”

“It’s also brilliant that Trevor has been announced as coach. I really enjoyed working with him in the KSL and hopefully, we can have more success together. Our team is now really beginning to take shape, having also recently signed Deandra Dottin. I’m looking forward to working with her, Trevor and the rest of the squad once they’re confirmed,” she added.

Griffin, who is fresh off his stint with Sydney Thunder in the fifth season of the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia said he was excited to continue his successful partnership with the England skipper.

“She is a brilliant cricketer and a natural leader with significant experience in captaining sides. I’m really looking forward to being involved with The Hundred and contributing to this next big step in the development of the professional women’s game,” he concluded.

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