Suzie Bates was one of the most talked-about players in the current edition of Women’s Big Bash League. As per recent reports, the all-rounder is expected to undergo injury on her right shoulder. She shall further miss the remaining of WBBL.
While Adelaide Strikers were against Melbourne Stars, Bates had to leave the field after feeling pain in her right shoulder. Bates had suffered a shoulder injury earlier while playing for New Zealand against Australia in the one-day series in October.
Dayle Shackel, medical manager of New Zealand’s Cricket, had a consultation with a medical staff of the franchise, and surgery was the best alternative considered. She (Bates) will fly back to New Zealand and undergo the prescribed procedures. Bates confirmed the updates and said that she will take one step at a time. Successful surgery will be the first goal and rehabilitation and return would follow.
She further added that “There’s also the carrot of playing at home in the Women’s World Cup in 2022 to keep me motivated throughout the process”.
She added that recovery time would be around six to nine months and she was hoping for surgery in mid-December after her quarantine ends. It is interesting to note that Sophie Devine, too, has suffered an injury. She is slated to miss the clash with Perth Scorchers. Devine had her back injuries when her side won against Sydney Thunder on Sunday. Devine was looking in extreme discomfort after her injury came into play while she was bowling.
She was forced to leave the field and had not taken part in the action further. Her injury is still being investigated as told by the medical team and the return date remains unknown. Not only this, Ashleigh Gardner too had shown symptoms of concussion. She was taken out of the ongoing match.
We, at Female Cricket, had highlighted the concerns around the fitness of cricketers after they returned on the ground after an unprecedented break. There may be complications for players, fans will hope for a strong bounce back from their stars.