Suzie Bates ruled out of Australia series with injury concerns

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Star New Zealand batter Suzie Bates is undergoing rehabilitation after injuring her shoulder while fielding in the first ODI against Australia. Lauren Down's participation in the series also remains doubtful.

Bates picked up the injury when she landed awkwardly on her shoulder while diving to make a stop in the 30th over of Australia's chase of 181 on Saturday. The 33-year-old immediately left the field after the incident.

"Suzie has undergone scans and we are now in consultation with New Zealand Cricket’s medical advisors to determine the best course of action," said Zoe Russell, New Zealand's interim physiotherapist. "At this stage, Suzie has commenced rehabilitation but won’t play a part in the final two ODIs."

Bates' injury lands a big blow to New Zealand's hopes of making a comeback on the tour, where they have won just one out of four games so far. Compounding New Zealand's batting issues is the fitness concern with Down, who has missed two matches after an elbow injury sustained during the second T20I. She is set to miss the second ODI as well and will hope to be match-fit for the third and final game.

"Lauren is recovering well from her elbow injury sustained in the second T20I but is unavailable for the second ODI. We are continuing to monitor her progress and remain hopeful for a return this series," said Russell.

New Zealand coach Bob Carter acknowledged that the two injuries will hurt New Zealand, but has called on the team to adapt ahead of the second ODI on Monday.

Lauren Down has been out with injury since the second T20I, and is hoping to return for the final ODI
Lauren Down has been out with injury since the second T20I, and is hoping to return for the final ODI

"Losing Suzie for the remaining two matches is obviously a big loss," he rued. "Anytime you lose a player with well over 100 ODIs of experience and a wealth of runs, it’s hard to replace them. Lauren’s injury, while minor, is unfortunately keeping her on the sideline for the time being. She’s been showing plenty of promise in the nets and we remain hopeful she will play a part in this series.

"We’re playing the second Rose Bowl ODI tomorrow, so we’ll need to adapt quickly. We have an extended squad in Australia, so as a coaching group we’ll look at our options and put out the best possible team to contest the second ODI.

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