England can be beaten, says Bates
New Zealand women’s captain wants her batters to step up and put England under pressure
Suzie Bates believes that her team can challenge England if it executes its plan and play to its potential.
New Zealand women’s captain Suzie Bates insists that her side’s opponents in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 on Thursday, England are indeed beatable.
England heads into the semi-final with an unbeaten record whereas New Zealand lost to West Indies in the group stage of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Galle.
“Any team is beatable, especially in Twenty20 cricket when one or two overs can change the game. They’ve played really well and haven’t really been tested in the tournament. I think if we can get a couple of early wickets, some of their batters haven’t batted at this tournament, so we can hopefully put them under some pressure. But we have to play well and we have to perform our plan and our batters really need to step up,” said Bates.
The New Zealand skipper also praised the England side for being consistent with its performances.
“I think we know that England is the number 1 side in the world at the moment. Its performances have proved that and we’re under no illusion that it’s not going to be a really tough team to beat. But we also understand that with our line up, if we execute our plans and play to our potential, we can really challenge them,” added Bates.
But what excites Bates the most is the opportunity to play the semi-final on the same day at the same venue (R. Premadasa Stadium) as the first men’s semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“I think we’re really lucky in that a number of our players played at the last World Twenty20 in the West Indies, and were part of a final there where we played after the men and had a reasonable crowd and the pressure of a final. So it’s not like we haven’t been in that situation before, and I think Sri Lanka is playing after us in the men’s semi-final, so there might even be a bigger crowd, and that excited us that we have the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd. We’ve been there before and hopefully we can learn from past experiences,” noted Bates.