The current captain of New Zealand’s women’s cricket team, Bates led the Perth Scorchers to the WBBL final last season and is an experienced world-class cricketer with natural leadership qualities.
The powerful allrounder made her international debut at the age of 18 in 2006 and has since played almost 200 matches for the White Ferns.
Bates assumes the Strikers captaincy from Tegan McPharlin, who led the side in WBBL|02.
Bates said it was a privilege to take on the role.
“It’s an honour to captain the Strikers this season and I look forward to working closely with the other leaders in the team to get the best out of this exciting group,” Bates said.
“We have several talented overseas players and current Australian squad members in the side and I can’t wait to lead and learn from these players.
“I want to work hard and lead by example off the field and allow the team to express and enjoy themselves on the field.
“I can’t wait to get off to a good start to the season at home against the Hurricanes.”
Bates is one of the most decorated female cricketers in the sport.
In 2016, she became the first cricketer to be named the ICC Women’s One Day International and Twenty20 International player of the year.
The former Olympic basketballer scored the most runs (242) for her country at this year’s Women’s World Cup. Bates earned the player of the tournament title at the 2013 meet as the top scorer of the series.
The hard-hitting right-hander also blasted an incredible 119 not out from just 72 balls to notch the first century of the Kia Super League in August. Bates, who bowls medium pace, was also the leading wicket-taker for the Southern Vipers.
The Strikers open WBBL|03 with games against the Hobart Hurricanes at Glenelg’s Gliderol Stadium on 9 and 10 December.