Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, New Zealand Women, White Ferns, captain
Amy Satterthwaite (left) and Suzie Bates © Getty Images (file photo)

Suzie Bates has stepped down as White Ferns captain after six years in charge. She has been replaced at the helm by Amy Satterthwaite. In her retirement statement, Bates told that at this point of her career she will be able to contribute more to New Zealand Women as a player: “Captaining the White Ferns was a great honour and a rewarding experience. I can look back knowing I gave it my all for six years. I know I still have a lot to contribute to the White Ferns and international cricket and that the best way for me to do that is by concentrating more energy into my performances on the field.”

Bates assured Satterthwaite her complete support: “She has my full backing and I am looking forward to supporting her in any way I can.”

Satterthwaite She expressed her excitement at the new role: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to captain your country and I’m really excited about what lies ahead.

However, she is also aware of the enormous boots she has to fill: “Suzie has done an outstanding job captaining the White Ferns over the past few years and I’m sure she’ll continue to contribute considerably in a leadership sense.”

NZC chief executive David White said he supported Bates and understood her reasons behind the decision: “Suzie has made it clear to me that she wants to lift her game to another level and build further on what already has been a stellar career. She is already one of our ‘greats’ in terms of New Zealand cricket and we’re happy to do anything we can to continue to enable her.”

Like Bates, he voiced his support for Satterthwaite: “Amy will relish the challenge and I’m sure will be a very good captain.”

Bates has led the White Ferns in 76 ODIs and 64 T20Is, both national records. Satterthwaite has led White Ferns in 3 ODIs in Bates’s absence — in 2010, 2016-17, and 2018. Her first assignment will be 3 T20Is against Australia Women, their last international matches before the Women’s World T20I in November in West Indies.

The White Ferns begin a four-day camp at Lincoln on Thursday as they prepare for their tour to Australia at the end of the month.

(with inputs from New Zealand Cricket)