The New Zealand girls’s cricket group suffered an enormous blow on Sunday as top-order batter Suzie Bates was dominated out of the ultimate two One-Day Internationals with a shoulder harm. Bates, 33, harm her shoulder on Saturday whereas fielding at Allan Border Field in Brisbane within the first ODI which Australia received by seven wickets to take a 1-Zero lead within the sequence.
“Losing Suzie for the remaining two matches is obviously a big loss,” White Ferns coach Bob Carter mentioned in an announcement on Sunday. “Any time you lose a player with well over 100 ODIs of experience and a wealth of runs, it’s hard to replace them.”
Bates had undergone scans, which have been being reviewed by New Zealand Cricket’s medical workers to find out the extent of the harm, the group added. She joins Lauren Down on the sidelines with the 25-year-old out of the second match on Monday with a “minor” elbow harm she sustained within the Twenty20 sequence.
“She has been showing plenty of promise in the nets and we remain hopeful she will play a part in this series,” Carter added.
“We have an extended squad in Australia, so as a coaching group we’ll look at our options.”
The third and closing ODI is on Wednesday, with New Zealand needing to win each of the remaining video games to assert again the Rose Bowl, which Australia has held since 2000.