New Zealand captain Suzie Bates has been named player of
the tournament at the women's cricket World Cup in India, after
finishing as the leading run-scorer in her side's fourth-place
Bates was prolific with the bat throughout the 18-day
campaign and finished with an average of 67.83 over seven
innings. A brilliant century against Australia was the most
memorable innings, while that was complemented by three
She contributed four wickets with the ball too, as well as
keeping to her usual high standards in the field in the White
Ferns' ultimately disappointing campaign.
The 25 year-old said she felt privileged to receive the award
but she was already looking forward to the White Ferns'
future opportunities for silverware.
"It was tough to be watching the final and not be in it but,
from a personal point of view, winning a trophy at the end of
this tournament is really pleasing," Bates said.
"I'm honoured to have been named the player of the
tournament, but now it's time for us to go back to the
drawing board in New Zealand and make sure we continue to
improve - similar to the rapid progress that the West Indies,
Sri Lanka and South Africa have made."
It caps off a fine summer for Bates, who also had a big
impact in the recent Rose Bowl and Twenty20 series in
Australia. Over the course of the tournaments she became just
the third White Fern to score four consecutive