New Zealand opener Suzie Bates has been ruled out of the remaining two ODIs against Australia with a shoulder injury. Bates, 33, had to come off the field during the first ODI after landing awkwardly on her right shoulder. She went for a scan on Sunday (October 4) and was ruled out of the series by the medical staff. She will stay with the team in Australia though.
“Suzie has undergone scans and we are now in consultation with New Zealand Cricket’s medical advisors to determine the best course of action. At this stage, Suzie has commenced rehabilitation but won’t play a part in the final two ODIs,” interim physiotherapist Zoe Russell said.
Head coach Bob Carter said: “Losing Suzie for the remaining two matches is obviously a big loss. Anytime you lose a player with well over 100 ODIs of experience and a wealth of runs, it’s hard to replace them.
“We’re playing the second Rose Bowl ODI tomorrow, so we’ll need to adapt quickly. We have an extended squad in Australia, so as a coaching group we’ll look at our options and put out the best possible team to contest the second ODI.”
Bates scored 14 off 30 in the first ODI in Brisbane, which New Zealand lost by seven wickets.
Meanwhile, Lauren Down is also out of the 2nd ODI at least because of a “minor” elbow niggle.
“Lauren is recovering well from her elbow injury sustained in the second T20I but is unavailable for the second ODI. We are continuing to monitor her progress and remain hopeful for a return this series,” Russell clarified.