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Suzie Bates lauds inaugural Super League

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016

England's inaugural Women's Super League provides another step in developing the game globally, according to New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates.

Bates is part of a powerful Southern Vipers side which will contest the Twenty20 league from July 30 to August 21, while several White Ferns players are spread through other sides.

A 50-over component is added to the competition next summer ahead of the Women's World Cup in England and Wales.

Bates says the high-profile nature of the league is another important milestone for the women's game.

"Twenty20 has taken the game so far in terms of creating that spectacle and promoting it, and I think it'll filter back into our 50-over cricket," she said.

"With the World Cup, I think it'll make for more exciting cricket and bigger scores because we're playing so much Twenty20 now."

Bates laments the disappearance of Test cricket from the women's programme but understands why limited overs is predominating.

New Zealand had six players in Australia's Big Bash League, which she says in invaluable.

"So I think it'll strengthen South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand and hopefully we can keep competing with England and Australia, who've been top dogs for a while now.

"I think everyone agrees if we can have six to eight teams worldwide competing regularly, it's going to be good for the women's game."

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