Commonwealth Games: Suzie Bates rejects talk of Cricket World Cup redemption at Birmingham

When the White Ferns take the field at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, redemption for this year's Cricket World Cup failure won't be on the agenda for batter Suzie Bates.

Hosting the Cricket World Cup for the first time, the NZ women flattered to deceive, as results did not go their way.

As a result, the Ferns lost four of their seven games and missed out on the semi-finals, finishing sixth.

The White Ferns dejected during the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup.
The White Ferns dejected during the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

But after changes that has seen Australian Ben Sawyer appointed coach, and the retirements of stalwarts Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin, the team are heading to the UK with a new lease on life.

As New Zealand's longest-serving player at Birmingham, Bates, 32, will shoulder much of the responsibility of leading the side, next to captain Sophie Devine.

The veteran of more than 250 matches for her country emphasises her desire to perform is always strong, rather than to make up for the hurt of the World Cup.

"Redemption's a strong word," Bates told Newshub. "For myself - and I can only speak for myself - it doesn't sit that comfortably.

"I know that we were all really hurt after that White Ferns campaign. For me, it's always about going out there, making New Zealand proud and representing the White Ferns.

"No matter what group we put out there, that's the goal. For me, medalling at the Commonwealth Games is what this group can achieve.

Suzie Bates against Pakistan.
Suzie Bates against Pakistan. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

"We're going to have to play well, but we've got the players that can win games for us.

"That's the exciting thing - we've got another opportunity to perform on the world stage, which we didn't quite do at the World Cup. It's about making each other proud and the country proud."

New Zealand won't have it easy at the Commonwealth Games. The White Ferns are drawn against hosts England and World Cup semi-finalists South Africa in their pool - all fighting for a top-two finish, with Sri Lanka rounding out the group.

But for Devine, the team depart New Zealand knowing that a medal is within their grasp, as women's cricket makes its Games debut.

"Any time you put on a New Zealand shirt, we want to win games of cricket," said Devine. "For us, that's no different heading to the Commonwealth Games, except instead of getting a trophy, you get a medal.

"There's obviously some new faces, which is a really exciting time for us… Ben being new to the environment as well.

"We certainly want to set our standards really high. If we can play the cricket we want to and the cricket we've been practicing for the last couple of months now, we'll go deep into the tournament."

The White Ferns open their tournament against South Africa at Edgbaston on July 30.

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