Suzie Bates is one of the keys to the Fury’s success in 2013/14. The New Zealand skipper is one of the form players in women’s cricket, and her inclusion in the squad must strike fear into the rest of the competition.
The New Zealander has over 100 international matches under her belt, and enters the Australian domestic season in red hot form after winning the Player of the Tournament award at the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup.
In a career spanning six seasons, Bates has amassed 1,809 runs from 56 ODIs at an average of nearly 37.
Her T20 form is equally impressive, with Bates adding 1,090 from 50 matches.
In 2009, Bates smashed a NZ record 168 off just 105 balls against Pakistan to secure a spot in the World Cup final.
Bates has been in superb touch in 2013 for NZ. She started the year with 67 in a T20 against Australia, before going absolutely berserk in a February frenzy.
In the space of 14 days, Bates hit 73 against South Africa, 65* against Pakistan, a breathtaking 102 against Australia, and then 79 against the English.
Her Herculean efforts at the World Cup ensured she would be considered one of the best players in world cricket.
With 64 international wickets to her name, as well as 38 catches, Bates is going to be one of the players to watch in 2013/14.