The Suzie I know, the Betsy you don t

The White Ferns were always in the mix. Back in 2000 they won the World Cup. Between 2009 and 2010, New Zealand made three World Cup Finals in 14 months but were unable to get over the line in any of them.

The Suzie I know, the Betsy you don't

The White Ferns were always in the mix. Back in 2000 they won the World Cup. Between 2009 and 2010, New Zealand made three World Cup Finals in 14 months but were unable to get over the line in any of them. As Australia and England led the way to professionalise their domestic set-ups, New Zealand Cricket were caught napping. As those two teams pulled ahead, New Zealand were left to play catch-up.

Central contracts were finally brought in by the NZC for four women's players in 2013, before moving up to 10 the next year. Now, there are 15 players contracted players. Yet even with all the advancement, the 2016 Women's World Twenty20 saw the White Ferns lose in the semis to eventual champions West Indies. A year later, in the World Cup, they failed to get out of the group stage.

The 2018 World T20 provides the team with an opportunity to right some wrongs. With young talent in the ranks, the team has a fresher look. Yet they will still be relying on a 31-year-old who has become woven into the very fabric of women's cricket in New Zealand.

Suzannah Wilson Bates - Suzie Bates to the world - is not much of a secret weapon. Although no longer captain, everyone knows what she brings to the party: leadership, respect, as well as a bucket load of runs and moments of brilliance.

In Maori culture, the word 'mana' carries great significance. It is defined as honour, of having great authority, presence or prestige. It is also an often overused term when describing captains or leaders in New Zealand.

 

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