ICC news December 14, 2016

Bates named ICC ODI and T20I Player of the Year

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Suzie Bates was named the ICC T20I Player of the Year for the first time © IDI/Getty Images

New Zealand women captain Suzie Bates became the first player to win both the ICC Women's ODI and T20I Player-of-the-Year awards. Bates had won the women's ODI Player-of-the-Year award in 2013 but has been named the T20I Player of the Year for the first time.

The ICC took into consideration the 12 months between September 14, 2015 and September 20, 2016 which included the Women's World T20 in India this year and the Women's Championship that concluded recently. Bates scored 472 runs in seven ODI innings at an average of 94.40, second behind Trisha Chetty's tally of 506 runs from 10 innings. Bates also took eight wickets at an economy rate of 3.75 during the period, the second-highest for a New Zealand player after Erin Berningham's 14 wickets.

In T20Is, Bates topped the run-scorers' list with 429 runs, that included four half-centuries, at an average of 42.90. Currently in Australia for the Women's Big Bash League, Bates said: "It was a bit of a surprise to find out that I had won both these awards. It is always nice to be recognised for performances and after a busy year of cricket, I am pleased to have managed some consistency over both formats.

"The awards are always nice but the most important thing for me is to make sure I am performing consistently and helping put the team in a position to win more games.

"For the past one-and-a-half years, our team has been performing very well and lots of different players have stood up and performed under pressure. It is heartening to see that the team is doing very well going into the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 which will be held in England and Wales."

New Zealand automatically qualified for next year's World Cup by finishing third in the Women's Championship under Bates' captaincy. They won 13 of their 21 matches that counted towards the championship. New Zealand had also reached the semi-finals of the World T20 earlier this year.

Bates was also named in the Women's Team of the Year 2016, announced by the ICC for the first time, with West Indies' Stafanie Taylor as the captain. The side was selected by a panel chaired by Clare Connor and took into account performances during the same 12-month period from September 2015 to September 2016.

Women's Team of the Year (in batting order): Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Rachel Priest (New Zealand) (wk), Smriti Mandhana (India), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) (capt), Meg Lanning (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Heather Knight (England), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sune Luus (South Africa), Anya Shrubsole (England), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Kim Garth (12th) (Ireland)

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  • Marabellaboy on December 15, 2016, 10:55 GMT

    Thank you ICC for pushing the women's version of cricket. Please do all in your powers to advance this wonderful version of the sport. I LOVE women especially when they are playing sports.

  • Oscar465 on December 15, 2016, 6:41 GMT

    Pointless comparing with the men's game, just as its pointless comparing Usain Bolt with Elaine Thompson (and yes, I did have to Google that).

    Women's cricket seems to be reaching new heights, thanks to competitions like the WBBL, efforts to provide professional contracts for players and I see NZ Cricket has specifically set a target of increasing female participation.

    If you truly love cricket, then watching the like of the White Ferns and the Southern Stars playing is great stuff, the standard is better than men's club cricket. Black Caps livestream many WhiteFern games free on their website, well worth checking out.

  • mngc1 on December 15, 2016, 2:57 GMT

    @cricinfouser. The women are physically smaller and less strong than the men. The boundaries are therefore shorter, the fast balls slower and many times they have difficulty in beating the fieldsmen on the circle. I doubt that their pace is faster than 120 kmh compared to Gabriel at 145+ kmh.

  • J.vomkrieg on December 15, 2016, 1:15 GMT

    @INSIDEHEDGE The NZ scene is getting better, still behind the UK and Aus though, but a lot of our top women are getting a lot of games in overseas league like the BBL for example.

  • Flighted_kiwi on December 14, 2016, 19:07 GMT

    @cricinfouser - I think you'll find that in general the women's strike rate is lower than in the mens T20. Meg Lanning has a career T20 strike rate of around 117 and Deandra Dottin around 111. Suzie Bates strike rate for the period that counted towards the award was around 113 I think.

  • InsideHedge on December 14, 2016, 17:50 GMT

    Congrats to Suzi Bates, a fantastic achievement to win both the awards at the same time. New Zealand, thanks to players like Suzi, continue to be one of the leading women's cricket nations alongside England and Australia.

    Both Eng & Aus have improved their domestic infrastructure, Aus has the well publicised WBBL. I'm not aware of NZ's setup, I suspect they don't have much which makes the efforts of their team all the more worthy.

  • JackBaurPlaysCricket on December 14, 2016, 16:27 GMT

    Much better batsman than David Warner.


    Congrats. She is lot better than the over rated steve smith.

  • Pratigya Joshi on December 14, 2016, 9:59 GMT

    How cum Ellyse Perry didn't win the Odi player of the year? She have scored runs as well as taken enough wickets

  • Cricinfouser on December 14, 2016, 9:31 GMT

    Strike rate is 107.for best t20 players. Kidding

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