Suzie Bates
Womens World Cup

Bates up for World Cup challenge

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Bates has played in 14 Women’s World Cup matches and has amassed 682 runs including a high-score of 168

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates is set to take part in her third ICC Women’s World Cup this year in England and Wales.

Bates will be hoping to lead the White Ferns, who recently held a training camp in Christchurch to begin preparations, to their second Women’s World Cup.

The all-rounder has played in 14 Women’s World Cup matches and has amassed 682 runs including a high-score of 168, putting her as the White Ferns’ second-highest run-scorer at the tournament.

She has also taken eight wickets and has best figures of 4-7.

Currently ranked as the third best team in the world, Bates acknowledged that the White Ferns had a big task ahead of them as the competition was so close.

“It’s probably going to be the closest World Cup I’ve been a part of,” Bates said.

“There’s eight really good teams that can beat anyone but I think in particular you can never look past Australia at a World Cup and England being at home as well.”

“I think for me India have been one of the real movers in the ICC Championships in terms of the power they’ve got in their batting line-up and experience with Mithali Raj and Goswami.”

Ranked as the fifth best women’s ODI all-rounder in the world, Bates was looking forward to seeing new talent step up on the big stage.

“You’ve got world-class players that have stood up in recent times in a lot of the global competitions but I think this will be a tournament where there will be names that we perhaps haven’t heard of in every team that will stand up,” Bates said.

“I think that’s what’s exciting about this World Cup.”

New Zealand will open their ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 campaign against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 24.

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