Bates requires surgery on her right shoulder after it was re-injured last Tuesday in the Strikers’ match against the Melbourne Stars, and will return home to New Zealand following the minor rounds of the competition.
The 33-year-old felt discomfort when throwing from the outfield in her return game after first injuring it in the Australia-New Zealand Rose Bowl series in the first week of October.
The Strikers have been in dialogue with New Zealand Cricket medical team and after consultation with specialists, it’s been recommended that Bates undergoes surgery.
“As a cricketer you want to be fit and playing all the time, so to face a decent stint on the sidelines is tough news,” Bates said.
“For me it’s about taking this process one step at a time. The first step is a successful surgery. Once that’s done, I can then turn my mind to rehabilitation and the ultimate goal of getting back on the park as soon as possible.
“It’s difficult knowing I will miss the rest of the WBBL with the Strikers, they are a fantastic bunch and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Adelaide Strikers Head Coach Luke Williams said:
“We are all very gutted for Suzie who is not only a great person, but she has been an exceptional leader and player for the Strikers for some time now.
“For her to remain with the group here in Sydney through the minor rounds is a credit to her character and love for the team, and no doubt she will come back stronger following the recovery process.”
The Strikers will go into tomorrow’s match against the Hobart Hurricanes unchanged from the side that defeated the Sydney Sixers by 14 runs on Sunday.
Adelaide Strikers’ 13-player squad for Tuesday:
Megan Schutt (c)
Katie Perkins (NZ)
Laura Wolvaardt (SA)