Suzie Bates stepping down as White Ferns captain

Radio Sport Staff,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 7:11PM
Suzie Bates says that she didn't talk to too many people about standing down before making the decision. (Photo / Getty)

Suzie Bates is relinquishing the leadership reins at the White Ferns to focus on her game.

She's stood down as captain of the New Zealand women's cricket team, after almost seven years in the role.

Bates says the captaincy initially helped her perform, but in the last 12 to 18 months with the extra cricket she's played, it's weighed heavily.

"I think it has affected my performances in the long run, especially at the end of season when perhaps I've been more fatigued."

Bates says she believed her side was capable of winning each world cup she attended as captain.

"The 2013 World Cup India, where were playing so well but lost to the West Indies in the finals hit a few of us pretty hard, and then to not even make the semi finals at the World Cup in England."

Bates told D'Arcy and Goran that, despite not always agreeing with coach Haidee Tiffen, that wasn't why she stood down. 

Amy Satterthwaite has been appointed the new White Ferns captain, having been part of the leadership team for several years.

"Even just captaining at the Canterbury level, and fortunate enough last year to captain the Melbourne Renegades at the Women's Big Bash, so I've had some leadership opportunities outside of this, and hopefully that will help me."

Satterthwaite's first assignment in charge will be the three match Twenty20 international series against Australia, starting in Sydney at the end of the month.