Teammates from Southern Vipers, Suzie Bates, and Stafanie Taylor, discussed the changes in women’s cricket over the past few years and the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.
Bates and Taylor belonged to the team of Vipers that reached the final of the 2019 Women’s Cricket Super League where they lost to Heather Knight’s Western Storm. Bates, the former captain, and veteran of New Zealand has appeared over 13 years in 232 matches. She has over 7000 runs and over one hundred wickets across the two formats of the game. Taylor, 28, is the present captain of the West Indies and has featured in more than 200 games. Taylor has scored 7449 runs and took 224 wickets in white-ball cricket, a prolific all-rounder herself.
Taylor talked about how the T20s changed the way women’s cricket is seen all over the globe. “With T20s like WBBL [Women’s Big Bash League] is definitely a big one, and I believe that it has changed the game a whole heap,” she said, in a conversation with ICC and Suzie Bates.
“To have big names playing in that competition, playing alongside those names like yourself [Bates]… it is really nice that I have got the chance to play with you. We have always been playing against each other. So it’s really nice that we get to play with each other.”
Bates and Taylor also discussed the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which starts on February 21, 2020, in Australia. While the reigning champions are West Indies, Taylor thinks that both Australia and New Zealand have a strong opportunity of winning the title.