Hundred 2022: Birmingham & Invincibles signs Helm & Atkinson as Injury replacements

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Hundred 2022: Birmingham & Invincibles signs Helm & Atkinson as Injury replacements

Birmingham Phoenix & Oval Invincibles have signed Tom helm & Gus Atkinson as replacements for injured Matthew Fisher & Saqib Mahmood. The pacers who made their Test debut for England in the Caribbean both have been ruled out of the competition with stress fractures of the lower back, leaving both the teams seeking replacements.

Phoenix have bought Helm as the replacement for Fisher while Invincibles went for Atkinson as Saqib’s replacement. Helm was a bit expensive for Phoenix in the inaugural edition of the Hundred tournament as he conceded more than two runs per ball & scalped five wickets in seven appearances. He also missed out on selection in April’s draft but now comes in as a replacement player.

“Whilst we’re naturally disappointed to lose Matt Fisher, we’re very pleased to have re-signed a talented pace bowler who we know well in Tom Helm,” Craig Flindall, Phoenix’s general manager, said.

Helm has impressed everyone in the early rounds of the County Championship season this year while playing for Middlesex. However, later after making a comeback from a minor injury in the T20 Blast on Thursday night he could scalp just 1 wicket for 56 runs in four overs.

Meanwhile, Atkinson was an unused member of Southern Brave’s squad last year, as he was signed in the middle of the tournament as a replacement player. He failed to feature for Surrey Club in the T20 Blast this year in 2022 as their seam slots are already full. But he is highly rated by their management & will likely come back in the squad when they will miss Reece Topley and Sam Curran who will tour the Netherlands along with England’s National team.

Each team in the Hundred 2022 tournament, both men’s & women’s signed an extra overseas player in Thursday’s wildcraft draft while the men’s team will add a final domestic wildcard player in early July.

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