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Suzi Bates shares words ahead of the T20 World Cup as New Zealand reaches Pretoria

The big ICC event, Women’s T20 World Cup is just a couple of weeks ahead and meanwhile the White Ferns have arrived at their training camps in Pretoria, South Africa, the hosts of the massive tournament kicking off from February 10.
New Zealand will be playing three practice fixtures against England in Pretoria before marching back to Cape Town for a couple of official warm-up matches for the tournament and then the World Cup itself.
To start off on a lighter note and talking on about the flight, Suzie Bates said, “It was long but not too bad, I think it was very smooth, we had a little bit of stop in Dubai, very comfortable and quick to get through the security in Johannesburg so it was nice to get to the hotels.”
“We hadn’t get to play for a long time and I am super-excited to be in this another World Cup and in South Africa for the first time for the Women’s World Cup and we know we have a good chance when coming to this tournament to get started and watch the Under 19s over here.
“I think it’s cool tonight and looks hot tomorrow and it’s gonna be nice to have a couple of weeks before the first game against Australia to acclimatize. If it’s pretty hot it will be nice to talk to the Under 19s about the conditions and get some feedback (from them).
“It’s nice to get scoring runs and we have had a really big year of cricket and to look back in the year and reflect on some good performances. We have got two weeks of preparation and getting ready for the first game,” she noted as she pounds mainly on getting started with the match against Australia for which they are ready to counter.
Talking much about the games against West Indies and Bangladesh, she added, “Any time we come to a particular event we don’t make the same as we’re disappointed (last time). I think the biggest growth for this team is just the younger players that have come through and stepped up at different times and the middle order which has been really pleasant so yes this is heading towards the right direction, and we are ready to go for this.”
Looking at the upcoming warm-up fixtures against England and other two of the same for the bigger ICC event she explained, “We make sure we get a good sleep tonight and have the day after have a look around and get appearance and then get a couple of days’ training and then the three games.”


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