New Zealand player Suzie Bates will have to miss out on the remainder of the WBBL to undergo shoulder surgery.
Former New Zealand women’s captain Suzie Bates suffered pain in her right shoulder as she was throwing from the outfield in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League. With that, she has been ruled out of the game and is set to go back home for her surgery.
In the Rose Bowl series held last October, Bates had also sustained a shoulder injury on her right shoulder while playing for New Zealand in a game against Australia. With that, New Zealand’s cricket medical manager Dayle Shackel consulted with the Adelaide Strikers’ medical staff about Bates’ condition. From there, it was decided that having surgery was the best option.
Shackel said, ‘After consultation with the specialist in Australia, it's been recommended that Suzie undergoes surgery on her shoulder. We are now working on the logistics around getting her home, through managed isolation and then the medical procedure itself. Any time spent in managed isolation won't have an adverse effect on her shoulder; the injury needs time to settle before being operated on’.
Talking about her condition, Bates said, ‘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. 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’.
‘There's also the carrot of playing at home in the Women's World Cup in 2022 to keep me motivated throughout the process’, she added.
It was said that the recovery time for Bates’ upcoming surgery will take about six to nine months. Following quarantine protocols, the 33-year-old player will have to undergo mandatory isolation once she gets home. After then, she is expected to have the surgery by mid-December.
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