New Zealand Women's all-rounder Suzie Bates has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after excelling during her side's 2-1 Twenty20 International series victory over England Women.
The White Ferns bounced back from a 37-run loss in the opening match at Chelmsford to win by four runs at The Rose Bowl and nine runs at Hove to seal the win.
Bates registered a two-ball duck in the opening match before top scoring in the remaining games of the series. At The Rose Bowl, she scored a supreme 68 in 55 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes in a second-wicket partnership worth 105 with Sara McGlashan as New Zealand made their way to 147 for eight.
New Zealand held on to win the match and level the series and at a Hove ground where run scoring was more difficult one day later, Bates top scored with 26 to guide the tourists to a winning score of 124 for eight. Her runs again came in good time with three fours.
In a busy week of international cricket, there were a number of other contenders for the award but Bates stood out for her consistent match-winning performances.
Others in the running were Australians Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Ryan Harris and Shaun Tait, England's Daniele Wyatt, Danielle Hazell, Sarah Taylor, Lydia Greenway, Michael Yardy, Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad, South Africa's Dale Steyn, Johan Botha and Morne Morkel, New Zealand's Sara McGlashan and Lucy Doolan, Dutchman Tom Cooper, Ireland's Alex Cusack and Afghanistan's Nawroz Mangal.
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