Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Suzie Bates (Cricket)

  • 01/01/2022

Suzie Bates

Age: 34

Born: September 16, 1987 at Dunedin

Height: 1.74m

Event: Cricket

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Bates' selection for Birmingham complete a unique piece of NZOC, after she represented the Tall Ferns in basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olymics.

Even then, her cricketing potential was obvious and she eventually chose the summer code to become one of the world's most respected batters.

Bates debuted for the White Ferns in 2006 against India, and has amassed more than 100 international appearances in both one-day and T20 formats.

Suzie Bates in action for the Tall Ferns
Suzie Bates in action for the Tall Ferns. Photo credit: Photosport

She was named ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2013 and 2016, when she was also Women's T20I Cricketer of the year, and was named Wisden's Leading Woman Cricketer in the World in 2015.

Bates captained New Zealand for almost seven years, until stepping down in 2018, when she became the first player - male or female - to score 3000 runs in T20 internationals and was named MVP of the Women's World T20 Cup.