Satterthwaite appointed captain after Bates steps down

Amy Satterthwaite has been named the captain of New Zealand, and Suzie Bates left office after six years in charge.

Bates said he had reached a point in his career where he believed he could contribute more to the White Ferns, as the New Zealand team is known, by placing greater emphasis on their performance as a player.

"The White Fern captation was a great honor and a rewarding experience, I can look back knowing that I gave it all for six years," said Bates. "I know I still have a lot to contribute to White Ferns and international cricket, and that the best way to do that is to focus more energy on my performances in the field."

Bates said that, although initially the additional responsibility brought out the best in her as a player, during the past year she struggled to cope with leading the team. "In the last 12 months I probably had problems with the captaincy and the game, and our performances as a group have not gone as well as I would have liked," he said. "It affected my performances, especially at the end of the seasons in which I have been most fatigued."

"It was a bit of a relief to be able to go ahead and spend my energy on being the best player I can be, and also potentially help some of the younger players without the responsibilities of captaincy. "

Bates also backed Satterthwaite as a suitable replacement, saying she was a very capable captain." She has all my support and I'm hoping to support her in any way I can, "said Bates.

Satterthwaite led the team previously, captaining three ODIs, the last of them in June of this year, against Ireland Women, and said that I was excited to take charge before a busy 2018-19 season.

"It's a great honor to be asked to be the captain of your country and I'm very excited about what's to come," Satterthwaite said. Outstanding work as captain of the White Ferns. in recent years, and I'm sure it will continue to contribute significantly in a sense of leadership. "

Bates, who has played 115 ODI and 101 T20I, is the best New Zealand candidate in both formats. ODIs, and is followed by Satterthwaite, who is third, with 3475 runs at 113 ODI.In T20I, Bates has 2755 runs, and Satterthwaite is third there as well, with 1355 runs in 89 games.

David White, executive director of New Zealand Cricket, said he supported Bates and understood the reasons for his decision. "Suzie has made it clear to me that she wants to raise her game to another level and build beyond what has already been a stellar career," said White. . "She's already one of our" big "& # 39; as for New Zealand cricket, and we are happy to do everything we can to continue to qualify. "

White added that Satterthwaite had the full confidence of NZC." Amy will savor the challenge and I am sure she will be a very good captain. "

Bates took over as team captain at the end of 2011 and took them to two Women's World Cups and three T20 Women's World Tournaments.

Satterthwaite's first full-time captain mission will be a T20I series of three games against Australia, before the team heads to the West Indies for the T20 Women's World Cup in November, before their tour of Australia in late September, the women of New Zealand will have a four-day camp in Lincoln, from Thursday.


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