Will Jacks believes The Hundred can act as a bridge between county cricket and the international game and admitted he was inspired by the England Test team’s recent positive approach.
The 23-year-old has had an outstanding season in all formats this year and currently has an average of 54 in red ball cricket and is the 11th-highest run scorer in the T20 Blast.
Now, as he prepares to help the men’s Oval Invincibles match the performance of their victorious women’s team last year, Jacks is looking to put his stamp on the competition.
“I think it (The Hundred) is something of a bridge between county cricket and international cricket,” Jacks told the PA news agency.
“The quality of the local players is of course the highest we have and then the quality of the foreign players is incredibly high. There are some of the best players in the world to watch.
“I really enjoyed that last summer, the cricket was of a very high quality and I’m sure that will be repeated this summer.
“So it’s a chance for all the local players to test themselves and for someone like me to really push my game and fight for the international (squad).”
Before the end of 2023, England have two World White Ball Championships and due to the many injuries and Ben Stokes’ departure from the ODI format, the team is far from settled.
Jacks are looking to impress in the upcoming competition, with the Invincibles playing their first game against the London Spirit on Thursday.
“I think obviously every local player has their eye on international cricket – and I’m no different – it’s something I’ve wanted to do all my life and hopefully one day I’ll get the opportunity,” admitted Jacks .
“But The Hundred is an opportunity for that – there are great players on my team and teams I’m going to play against, so I’ll be able to put my name out there.”
Speaking of red ball cricket, the Surrey opener admitted the England Test team has recently changed sides and their newfound approach, often referred to as ‘Bazball’, has given him freedom in his own game.
“Seeing the England team play like that creates so much excitement around the game, you see it with the fans on day five and these chases and just county cricket in general, there’s a good excitement about it,” said Jacks.
“Anytime you play with Freedom it’s exciting, it’s fun, so I know I really enjoyed watching it and if I could take some of that back to County Cricket, that’s only good. “
He added: “I think for someone like me, who is more naturally inclined to be positive and aggressive, that just gives me a degree of freedom.
“Knowing that’s how they play, if I want to take the game in the county championship, I can do that and I know it can be a positive option.”