Suzie Bates is a part of the New Zealand women’s cricket squad. Suzy has been a crucial part of the New Zealand team throughout her career. Suzie has also represented her country in the 2008 Olympics as she played basketball for the New Zealand women’s squad. She performed tremendously well in the 2009 women’s World Cup where she scored 168 runs in a single match the third-highest score by any women player at that time. She was handed over the captaincy of the New Zealand women’s cricket team in 2011 and ever since that day there has been no looking back. She has been one of the best cricketers the New Zealand women’s team has ever seen. She has played more than a hundred ODI matches for the New Zealand women’s team, her experience is something the White Herns benefit a lot from.
Early Life & Journey
Suzie Bates was born on 16 September 1987 in Dunedin, New Zealand. She was interested in multiple sports in the early part of her childhood. She plays for the Otago Sparks in the State League, the Southern Vipers in the Women’s Cricket Super League as well as for her national team, the White Ferns. She has been playing cricket since 2004 and came into limelight when she scored 183 runs out 152 Balls for Otago against Auckland in the New Zealand State Cricket League. That innings compelled selectors to draft her into the national set-up. She made her ODI debut for New Zealand against India in 2006. She made her T20 debut in the following year against South Africa and since then she has been a crucial part of the New Zealand women’s T20 team.
The year 2012 was a turning point for Suzie as she had to make a crucial decision between choosing basketball or cricket when she was named the captain of the women’s basketball team that represented New Zealand in the 2012 Olympics. She decided to play cricket full-time and it didn’t take long to prove that her decision was correct. She is one of the most decorated women’s cricketers in the New Zealand team.
She won the ICC ODI women player of the year Award in 2013 and the ICC ODI women player of the year, as well as the T20 Women player of the year in 2015. Suzy has been a crucial part of the New Zealand team. She has played more than hundred ODI matches for the New Zealand women’s team and is only one of the eight players to do so.
She has been a big match player ever since she started her international career and world cups have been a tournament in which she has always flourished. In the 2009 World Cup, she smashed 168 runs, the third-highest ODI score of that time. In the 2013 World Cup, Bates smashed 407 runs and won the player of the tournament award, which also led to her winning the Women’s ODI Cricketer of the year.
Her medium pace bowling gives the extra dimension to whichever team she plays for alongside her ability with the bat. A big reason for which she was signed by Perth Scorchers for the Women’s Big Bash League, where she almost led them to the title in the second season, her team fell marginally short to Sydney Sixers in the final by seven runs. In 2017 she was signed by Adelaide Strikers and was also named as a captain. She also plays for Southern Vipers in Kia Super League.
Suzie Bates is world crickets star all-rounder. She is someone who’s built naturally to dominate with sharp incisive instincts. A big match player, someone who possesses the ability to carry the burden of the team.
Cricket & Stats
Her ODI debut came on 4th March 2006 against India.
Her T20I debut came on 10th August 2007 against South Africa.
Bates had completed 100 ODIs for white ferns becoming only the eighth cricketer in New Zealand to achieve the feat.
Suzie Bates has played 121 one day international matches for a country in which she has scored 4392 runs at an average of 42.6. Her highest score in one-day internationals is 168 runs. She has 74 wickets to her name in ODI at an economy of 4.93. Her best bowling figures are four wickets for 7 runs.
She has represented New Zealand women’s cricket team in 111 T20I’s in which she has accumulated 3100 runs at an average of 30.7. Her highest score in T20I’s is 124 not out. She has 49 wickets in her T20 international career at an economy of 6.63. Her best figures are four-wicket for 26 runs.
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – 2013
Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World – 2015
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – 2015
ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – 2015
She is the second woman after England’s Jenny Gunn to appear in 100 T20I matches.
She is the leading run-getter for New Zealand women in ODIs with 4392 runs to her name. She achieved this feat in June 2018 surpassing Debbie Hockley’s total of 4064 runs.
She is the leading run-scorer in Women T20 international with 31oo runs to her name. She eclipsed England’s Charlotte Edwards who was leading the chart with an aggregate of 2605 runs.
Suzie Bates was the ICC women ODI player of the year (2013).
In 2015 she was awarded the Wisden Leading Women Cricketer of the year.
In the same year, she won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer for the second time in her career.
In the year 2015, she got another feather on her hat with the ICC Women T20 Cricketer year award.
Full Name: Suzannah Wilson Bates
Profession: New Zealand Women Cricketer
Sports: Basketball and Cricket
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inches
Weight: 75 Kg
Eye Colour: Hazel Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Date of Birth: 16th September 1987
Age: 32 years
Birth Place: Dunedin, New Zealand
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Virgo
Nationality: New Zealander
Sister: Olivia Bates (Netball Player)
Address: Dunedin, New Zealand
Jersey Number: #23 (New Zealand), #23 (Domestic)
Domestic/State Team: Otago Women, Adelaide Striker Women, IPL Trailblazers, Perth Scorchers Women, Southern Vipers
Nature on the field: Calm
Favorite Opponent: Australia Women
Favorite Shot: Leg Glance