New Zealand Cricket today announced that all-rounder Suzie Bates has been named White Fern’s captain.
The stylish batsmen and useful medium pacer from Otago replaces Aimee Watkins who decided to retire at the conclusion of the quadrangular series held in England earlier in the year.
In 40 one-day matches the 24 year-old has amassed 1065 runs and 33 wickets while in 34 Twenty20 Internationals she’s struck 715 runs and picked up 23 wickets. Bates is also one of the more capable fielders in women’s cricket, taking 23 catches since making her international debut in 2006.
Bates, 24, will first lead the White Ferns in the Rose Bowl against Australia starting 20 January 2012 in a series comprising of five Twenty20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals before the team face England at home later in the summer.
White Ferns coach Gary Stead said Bates has shown the characteristics required to successfully lead the national team.
“Suzie thinks a lot about the game and is quick to offer tactical input during in meetings and out on the field.
“She is a natural leader who has had a positive influence on the younger members of the squad over the past few years and is someone other players look up to. That’s important with the current squad as we go through a rebuilding phase.
“I would like to join the family of cricket in congratulating Suzie on her appointment and also thank Aimee Watkins for the outstanding contribution she made as captain.
Bates said it was a huge honour to be offered the White Ferns captaincy.
“It is a truly wonderful privilege to be handed the White Ferns captaincy and was humbled to be offered the job.
“I’m aware of the responsibility that comes with the position and am looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“We have a lot of talent coming through the and am excited by the prospect of leading the young side. It’s an exciting time for the women’s cricket in this country.”