Suzie Bates is an accomplished cricketer with a remarkable career. She joined the WA set-up with the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury in the 2012-13 season. Bates made her debut for the New Zealand national team in 2006, and her journey has been filled with significant achievements. She was part of the squad that reached the final of the 2009 Women’s World Cup, making her mark during the tournament with a stellar performance. In one group game against South Africa, she demonstrated her skills by taking 4-7. She also left an indelible mark with the bat, smashing a New Zealand record of 168 runs off 105 balls against Pakistan in the Super Sixes.
Her excellence continued in 2013, as she earned the prestigious title of the ICC Women’s World Cup Player of the Tournament, finishing as the top scorer. In 2018, Bates achieved another milestone by scoring her tenth century in Women’s One Day Internationals (WODIs), amassing 151 runs against Ireland. In the same match, she overtook Debbie Hockley to become New Zealand Women’s leading run-scorer in WODIs, surpassing a total of 4,064 runs.
During a match in the 2018 Women’s Tri-Nation Series against South Africa Women, Bates achieved her first century in Women’s Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is), solidifying her position as the leading run-scorer in the format, surpassing Charlotte Edwards’ record of 2,605 runs. Bates also became the second woman, after Jenny Gunn, to reach the milestone of 100 WT20I matches in the sixth game of the tri-series.
In 2018, Bates made the decision to step down as the captain of the New Zealand Women’s team, with Amy Satterthwaite taking over the role. During the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies, she made history by becoming the first cricketer, male or female, to score 3,000 runs in T20 international matches. Throughout the tournament, Bates remained the top run-scorer for New Zealand, accumulating 161 runs in four matches. Her impressive career continues to inspire and set records in the world of women’s cricket.