INTERVIEW: Suzie Bates talks about her innings of 168 against Pakistan

Suzie Bates
The White Ferns batting star talks about her record 168, batting plans and a potential face off with the English.


On her scoring 168 against Pakistan…

"I obviously got off to a good start and wicket was the best we’ve played on in this tournament and Haidee really kept me ticking along.  I seemed to be seeing the ball like it was a lot bigger than it was." 

On the feeling out in the middle...

"Really enjoyable!  It’s been disappointing the way I’ve gone up until now but it’s good that I’m timing my form at the right time and hopefully I can carry it on to the next game if we make it there."

On building on her previous innings of 47* against India…

"It was a huge boost to finish off a game like that.  We haven’t been so good at chasing runs in the past.  Today I could relax and let loose and I think the previous innings was a huge boost for that."

On setting records in her partnership with Haidee Tiffen…

"I didn’t know about too many records really.  I knew my own highest score and that was about it.  I was told to hit sixes and keep my head still so it was easy to concentrate on that." 

On a potential match up with the English in the final…

"We’ve all been looking forward to it.  We wanted to get this game out of the way so we’re pretty confident we’ve put enough on the board.  England, we lost to earlier in the week and the girls really know we are up for a huge challenge and it’s going to be a really big one for us.  If we can build partnerships and put on big runs I think we have the bowling attack to finish it off." 

On taking confidence and momentum into the final…

"I think it’s a whole new game.  I can’t take too much out of this one or the previous game.  The form I had earlier in the tournament could come back so I’ve got to take each game as it comes and I’ll be starting all over again from ball one."

On targeting 200 runs….

"To be honest once I reached a hundred I knew the batting power we had and was just going to hit it if it was there and score as many as I could.  Obviously it would have been nice to reach that but didn’t really think about it too much."

On breaking the record for the highest score by a White Fern…

"It’s a huge honour.  To do it at a World Cup is pretty special and I’ve really enjoyed the day."

On the Pakistan bowling attack…

"At the start they were bowling nice and straight, tight line and we had to work hard for our singles.  We ran a lot of singles but then the pitch and boundaries out here helped me.  They didn’t give me too much width and were bowling well but it just happened to be my day I guess."


 

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