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Southern Vipers team-mates Suzie Bates and Stafanie Taylor spoke about the changes in women’s cricket over the last few years and the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

Bates and Taylor were part of the Vipers team that reached the final of the 2019 Women’s Cricket Super League, where they lost to Heather Knight’s Western Storm. Bates, the former captain and a New Zealand veteran, has featured in 232 internationals across 13 years. She has more than 7000 runs and over a hundred wickets across the two limited-overs formats.

Taylor, 28, is the current West Indies captain and has appeared in over 200 internationals. A prolific all-rounder herself, Taylor has scored 7449 runs and taken 224 wickets in white-ball cricket.

Taylor spoke about how T20s have transformed the way women’s cricket is seen around the world. “With T20s… like WBBL [Women’s Big Bash League] is definitely a big one, and I believe that it has changed the game a whole heap,” she said.

“To have big names playing in that competition, playing alongside those names like yourself [Bates]… it is really nice that I have got the chance to play with you. We have always been playing against each other. So it’s really nice that we get to play with each other.”

Bates and Taylor also spoke about the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which begins in Australia on 21 February, 2020. Although West Indies are the defending champions, Taylor believes both Australia and New Zealand have a good chance of clinching the title.

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