Some of you think women’s cricket is shit.
You have no idea who Suzie Bates is, or who she plays for.
But if you watched women’s cricket you’d know that Suzie Bates is a motherfucken superstar captain.
Today her side limped along to 90 odd.
They struggled to get the ball off the square, and Bates ran herself out for a duck.
They had no right to keep England in the field for more than 10 overs.
And they certainly don’t have a barnstorming burn your house down attack.
But they have Suzie Bates.
And Suzie Bates can captain.
Suzie Bates can captain so much that on a slowish Sri Lankan pitch she brought up mid on and mid off whilst getting her opening bowler Nicola Browne to try and bounce out the world’s best T20 batsman Sarah Taylor.
It almost worked.
How often would a women’s captain defending 90odd in a T20 decide to bounce out the oppositions best batsman?
I’m guessing never, because I’m sure it’s never.
That is Susie Bates. That is why you should know who Suzie Bates is.
When you’re sitting in front of your TV or illegal stream screaming at your team’s captain for sitting back and letting team milk singles as they wander head first into an inevitable victory, I want you to know that Suzie Bates wouldn’t do that.
She would try shit, bring people up, do some weird shit and create something. She is by far my favourite captain in world cricket.
Susie Bates is only 25, you need to start following the kiwi women’s team before she becomes an old battle scarred captain who puts people out on the rope if someone hints at playing a shot.
Results: England go through with ease. Holly Colvin was the first international player I ever interviewed.