Villani retained for The Hundred challenge

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Australian batter Elyse Villani says it's "awesome" to have been retained by Trent Rockets to compete in the inaugural edition of English cricket's novel tournament 'The Hundred' next year.

England's seam bowling all-rounder Katherine Brunt has also been kept by the women's team for the competition that was supposed to launch over the summer but was postponed because of coronavirus.

Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan, the top-ranked Twenty20 bowler in the world, and Nottinghamshire's England international Alex Hales have also re-signed for the Rockets' men's team, rejoining England captain Joe Root.

The decision to retain Brunt and Villani means they will be teammates with England star all-rounder Nat Sciver, who has played with the pair at Melbourne Stars in the Women's Big Bash League.

"It was a very easy decision to re-sign for Trent Rockets," Villani said.

"It's awesome to reconnect with Nat and Kat. Over the years playing together you get to know them as people and develop friendships and connections and they're two of the best people to play in a cricket team with."