By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 22:59 BST, 1 September 2019
Joe Root's destination in the inaugural Hundred competition next season could be determined by a raffle, as the Headingley-based Northern Superchargers are leaning towards signing his England team-mate Ben Stokes instead.
Each of the eight franchises will be permitted to select one of the Test players contracted to their constituent counties ahead of next month's draft. The Hundred teams who do not have any England red-ball contracted players available to them will draw lots to determine in which order they pick the players left over.
The Superchargers, coached by Darren Lehmann, are spoilt for choice when it comes to their Test player, with Yorkshire's Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Durham all-rounder Stokes all on red-ball contracts.
Joe Root's destination in the inaugural Hundred competition could be decided by a raffle
The impact of the latter's 135 not out in England's record-breaking chase against Australia last weekend may have tipped the balance in his favour.
With England's red-ball players restricted to playing just three of the eight games due to a clash with a Test series against Pakistan, selections are likely to be based on marketing potential as much as match-winning ability.
Stokes's World Cup and Ashes exploits during an extraordinary summer have seen the 28-year-old emerge as