Bates, who suffered a shoulder injury during the ODI series between New Zealand and Australia in Brisbane last month, has successfully recovered in time for Strikers' second game against Melbourne Stars on Tuesday (November 10).
Bates' return to the side means her New Zealand compatriot, Katie Perkins, who was called up as a replacement player, will be relieved of her duties.
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Meanwhile, allrounder Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the next fixture after sustaining a quadricep injury during the team's game against Melbourne Renegades on Sunday (November 8). Taylor's enterprising 48-ball 60 headlined the side's thrilling six run win - their third of the tournament. She was, however, unable to bowl during the clash.
That win took Strikers to fourth on the points table, with seven points to their credit, ahead of Perth Scorchers who are on 6.