Cricket: White Ferns trio named in women's cricket teams of the year

Suzie Bates.
Suzie Bates. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand's Suzie Bates has been named in both the International Cricket Council's (ICC) women's world ODI and T20 teams of the year.

Bates, who was named captain of the ODI team, was joined in the side by fellow White Ferns all-rounder Sophie Devine, while Leigh Kasperek was picked alongside Bates in the T20 side.

The 31-year-old skippered the White Ferns until September, when she gave up the captaincy to focus on playing.

Bates' appointment as the ODI captain is a recognition of her contribution in inspiring the side to second-place in the ICC Women's Championship after three rounds.

"Thank you very much to everyone who voted for the ICC team of the year," she said.

"To be named captain is just an absolute honour. Obviously, I have been playing for a long time and stepped down from captaincy, but to be named captain of a World XI is pretty special and something I will always remember.

"It would be nice one day if we got together to play as a group and to captain some of the superstars, but once again such a huge honour and congratulations to all the award winners for this year."

In the seven ODIs this calendar year Bates has scored 438 runs, with two centuries and a half-century.

The two sides have been selected by the same voting academy, which includes members of the media and former players including New Zealand's Lesley Murdoch - who played for the White Ferns between 1979 and 1990.

India's Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain of the T20 side. 

ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year (in batting order):

1. Smriti Mandhana (India)
2. Tammy Beaumont (England)
3. Suzie Bates (New Zealand) (captain)
4. Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
5. Sophie Devine (New Zealand)
6. Alyssa Healy (Australia) (wicketkeeper)
7. Marizanne Kapp (South Africa)
8. Deandra Dottin (Windies)
9. Sana Mir (Pakistan)
10. Sophie Ecclestone (England)
11. Poonam Yadav (India)

ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year (in batting order):

1. Smriti Mandhana (India)
2. Alyssa Healy (Australia) (wicketkeeper)
3. Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
4. Harmanpreet Kaur (India) (captain)
5. Natalie Sciver (England)
6. Ellyse Perry (Australia)
7. Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)
8. Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand)
9. Megan Schutt (Australia)
10. Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh)
11. Poonam Yadav (India)

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