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Michael Bates

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Full Name: Alexander Michael Bates
Born: October 10 1990 , Portsmouth, Hampshire
County: Hampshire
Other teams: England U19
Batting Style: Right-hand bat


A dynamic wicketkeeper, Bates was an integral part of Hampshire's domestic t20-winning sides in 2010 and 2012. Bates claimed his third winner's medal with the club in 2012 when he showed nerves of steel to stand up to Kabir Ali's match-winning dot ball in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final. Initially frustrated by both a lack of runs and the presence of the ever-reliable Nic Pothas, the South African’s departure at the end of 2011 saw Bates become a mainstay in all forms of the game. Razor-sharp reactions had already made Bates a regular in the game's shortest form, and he was again in the Roy...

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