New Zealand international Bates is a highly-accomplished player who won the 2013 ICC ODI Women's Cricketer of the Year. Bates debuted for New Zealand in 2006 and was part of the side which reached the final of the 2009 Women's World Cup.
During that tournament, Bates took 4-7 in a group game against South Africa and hit a New Zealand record 168 off 105 balls against Pakistan in the Super Sixes. Bates also represented her country in basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but fully committed to cricket in 2011 when given the national team captaincy. She shone in 2013, winning the ICC Women's World Cup Player of the Tournament, after top scoring.
The all-rounder averaged 44 in the inaugural WBBL, the highest in the team. Bates also claimed eight wickets with best figures of 3-28 last season, and will be crucial to the Scorchers title aspirations this campaign.