A WHITE FERN since 2006, captain and allrounder Suzie Bates is renowned as one of the top players in the world, a reliable inspiration to her teammates. She has not only played cricket at an international level, but also represented New Zealand at basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bates made her ODI debut for the WHITE FERNS against India in Lincoln, New Zealand, in March 2006 and her Twenty20 International debut in 2007 against South Africa. In 2015 she was named by Wisden as the leading female cricketer in the world.
1. How did you get into cricket?
My two older brothers played and I joined in with them in the backyard
2. Where were you when you got the news that you’d made the WHITE FERNS team?
In the car driving back from the airport with my Dad
3. Favourite cricket moment / highlight?
Winning the one day competition with the Otago Sparks in 2013/2014
4. What’s your day job?
5. Do you have any rituals / superstitions?
6. What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Go to a nice café and sit with a good coffee and some peace and quiet
7. Do you have any hidden talents?
Karaoke (although it is not hidden and it is not really a talent)
8. Who inspires you?
Any athlete who has overcome obstacles and achieved great things against the odds
9. Person you’d most like to have a selfie with?
10. What advice would you give to young budding WHITE FERNS?
Do what you love and are passionate about no matter what other people think or tell you what to do.