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Bates wins two ICC player awards

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates has become the first cricketer to clinch both of the ICC's major women's player awards at the same time.

Bates was crowned one-day international and Twenty20 player of the year by the governing body.

Based on a 12-month period which finished in September, Bates scored 472 runs in eight ODIs at an average of just over 94. She also took eight wickets with a strike rate of 22.50 and economy rate of 3.75.

In the shortest format, Bates was the leading run-scorer with 429 runs at an average of 42.9 and a strike rate of 115.

Bates, who won the ODI award in 2013, says she was surprised to learn she had claimed both gongs.

The 28-year-old was pleased with her consistency but took more pleasure from the progress of her team.

The White Ferns reached the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in India and are third in the ODI women's championship, earning them automatic qualification for next year's World Cup.

"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," she said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand were the only team to feature three players in a team of the year unveiled at the awards.

Bates is joined by wicketkeeper and opening partner Rachel Priest, along with offspinner Leigh Kasperek.

ICC Women's Team of the year:

Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Smriti Mandhana (India), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Meg Lanning (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Heather Knight (England), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sune Luus (South Africa), Anya Shrubsole (England), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand).

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