New Zealand women captain Suzie Bates became the first player to win both the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Player-of-the-Year awards. Bates had won the women’s ODI Player-of-the-Year award in 2013 but has been named the T20I Player of the Year for the first time.
She scored 472 runs in eight ODIs for an average of more than 94, while also taking eight wickets.
In Twenty20s, she scored 429 runs at an average of 42.9, and a strike rate of more than 115.
Bates said in an ICC media release, “It was a bit of a surprise to find out that I had won both these awards. It is always nice to be recognised for performances and after a busy year of cricket, I am pleased to have managed some consistency over both formats”.
“The awards are always nice but the most important thing for me is to make sure I am performing consistently and helping put the team in a position to win more games.”