The White Ferns finally managed to end their Australian curse in the 3rd T20I, when they registered their first win in their last 13 encounters. The Aussies emerged victorious over their neighbors, sealing a 2-1 series win. The consolation win for the Kiwis was much more than that, as they got some much-needed confidence ahead to the must-win ODI series. However, a recent development has landed a massive blow on their chances to win the Rose Bowl for the first time in this millennium.
The New Zealand team announced in a statement that their star player, Suzie Bates, has been ruled out for the second ODI, and potentially, the entire series. Bates injured her shoulder in the first ODI against Australia, and subsequent medical reports are awaited before a final decision is made. New Zealand is now in a tough spot, having to win the remaining ODI’s without Bates, after losing the first by 7 wickets.
In a statement released by the White Ferns, coach Bob Carter said, “Losing Suzie for the remaining two matches is obviously a big loss. Any time you lose a player with well over 100 ODIs of experience and a wealth of runs, it’s hard to replace them.”
New Zealand announced a 17-member squad for their Australian tour, adding some extra back-up options, given the complication of a player arriving from abroad. Bates will be joined on the sidelines by the 25-year old batsman, Lauren Down, who suffered a minor injury earlier in the T20I series.
Speaking on Down, the White Ferns coach said, “She has been showing plenty of promise in the nets and we remain hopeful she will play a part in this series.” Carter added, “We have an extended squad in Australia, so as a coaching group we’ll look at our options.”
Bates’ return to cricket hasn’t been in accordance with her own world-class standards. She notched up 58 runs in the 3-match T20I series, and just 14 in the first ODI. However, if history is anything to go by, Suzie Bates will turn it around sooner rather than later, with the skills available at her disposal.
The 33-year old will be eyeing a return in the 3rd ODI at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, scheduled on October 7th.
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