The Hundred: Play with avatars of cricket's top players with Sky Sports' amazing AR technology
Bring Moeen Ali, Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, Jos Buttler, Lauren Bell, Mady Villiers, Ben Stokes, Natalie Sciver, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Sophia Dunkley, Andrew Flintoff and more stars of The Hundred into your living room or garden with amazing AR functionality on the Sky Sports App
Last Updated: 21/08/21 6:22pm
Have you ever wanted to see Jos Buttler reverse sweep across your kitchen table? Or watch Heather Knight play a masterful cover drive in your back garden?
Well thanks to the magic of The Hundred and Sky Sports, now you can!
As part of our ground-breaking coverage of cricket's new 100-ball competition, the Sky Sports App is offering an unprecedented digital experience which sees some of the game's biggest stars captured as avatars.
Sky and The Hundred have captured players' full range of movements in accurate detail, with the lifelike avatars appearing wherever you are via your mobile phone.
Fans can now interact with Moeen Ali, Heather Knight, Ben Stokes, Sarah Taylor, Jos Buttler, Lauren Bell, Saqib Mahmood, Natalie Sciver, Adil Rashid, Mady Villiers, Sophia Dunkley and even Sky Sports presenter Andrew Flintoff - with loads more avatars to be added over the coming days.
If you already have the Sky Sports App then please update it to make sure you have the latest version (version 8.22.2 on iOS, 8.24 on Android). The avatars work best on newer devices.
The idea is to bring fans closer to the players than ever before and allow them to engage with their heroes, as well as make the game more accessible and attract new audiences.
Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports Director of Cricket, said: "We are so excited to present this incredible technology to our users. We have worked in partnership with The Hundred on a fan-first approach we believe will open the game up to new audiences.
"The Hundred will have a bespoke look and feel on TV and the avatars are a key part of what will make our coverage so dynamic."
Alison Crowe, Director of Digital and Data, ECB, said: "Through our partnership with Sky, the creation of our hyper-real avatars will bring fans and players together on an unprecedented level.
"Imagine having a virtual Heather Knight, Saqib Mahmood or Ben Stokes showcasing their skills in your home - it's incredibly exciting."
And remember, Sky Sports will show all 68 games of The Hundred live - 34 women's and 34 men's - while all women's matches and a significant number of men's games will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.
To celebrate the launch of the avatars in the apps, The Hundred is giving away two tickets to the sold-out finals on 21 August. To be in with the chance of winning, and see your heroes play for real, simply download The Hundred app and share a picture or video of yourself, family, or friends with one of the Avatars on Instagram, follow @TheHundred and tag #thehundredavatars to enter.
The Competition will be open for entry between 1:00pm Thursday 12 August 2021 ("Start Date") and 11:59pm on Wednesday 18 August 2021 ("End Date"). Entries received outside of this period will not be valid and will not be included in the Competition. Terms and conditions can be found here.