A member of the White Ferns since 2006, skipper Suzie Bates is widely renowned as one of the top players in the world.
Bates has not only played cricket at an international level, but also been in the New Zealand basketball team, representing the side at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Recently though she’s committed herself to the White Ferns and picked up numerous accolades along the way.
She made her ODI debut for the White Ferns against India at Lincoln in March 2006 and her Twenty20 debut in 2007 against South Africa.
A batting allrounder, Suzie was quick to find her feet on the international scene. The world began to take particular notice in the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup, when she smashed a New Zealand record 168 off 105 balls and secured a place for the White Ferns in the final against England.
In 2011 she was named captain of a youthful White Ferns side, and while initial results weren’t always positive, her own form never wavered. Her consistent performances saw her rise up the world rankings to hold the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.
Bates confirmed her spot as the world’s best batsman when she was named as the Player of the Tournament in the ICC World Cup 2013, despite the White Ferns being knocked out in the semi-finals. She was also awarded the women's ICC ODI Player of the Year for 2013.
She was just as impressive in the 2014 season, leading her side to a clean-sweep of the West Indies and making the tournament team in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. To top off the season, she was also selected to captain a world XI at Lord’s against England.
Bates is undoubtedly the most important player in women’s cricket in New Zealand – the White Ferns will be hoping to have her talents for years to come.
- Suzie is a hard hitting top order batsman and an aggressive medium-fast bowler.
- She is a dual International who represented the New Zealand basketball team in the Beijing Olympics.
- She scored a NZ record 168 at the World Cup in March.
- She was named Player of the Tournament at the 2013 ICC ODI World Cup in India.
- Was named at the ICC ODI Player of the Year for 2013
Quick Fire questions
1. How do you manage everything? “I’ve played both sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve taken the opportunities in both sports and I’ve got a lot of support. Both sports are not full time nor fully professional.”
2. What’s your secret talent? “I rate myself on singstar! I enjoy playing but usually don’t let people listen.”
3. Any advice to rising sports stars? “Follow your passions.”
Old Boy’s Collegian Favourite ground:
Bert Sutcliffe OvalMost memorable game
: Debut vs IndiaGreatest influence on career:
My two older brothers
My favourite holiday destination is...Maloolooba
The best advice I’ve ever received is... Go hard or go home
My favourite meal to cook is... ha Spaghetti Bolognaise is as good as it gets
My favourite food to eat is... chocolate
My sporting hero is... Jeff Wilson
My non sporting hero is... Nelson Mandella
When not playing cricket I love to... play basketball
When I was young I wanted to be... a pop star
My biggest claim to fame is... my pigtails
If I won lotto something I would definitely buy would be... a karaoke machine