Bateman makes his return to the starting team to partner Conrad Smith after being side-lined with a knee injury for six weeks.
Hurricanes assistant coach Alama Ieremia said Bateman’s experience would be an important addition to the team when they take on the Crusaders.
“His on-field leadership will certainly help the team this weekend. Tim’s worked hard at getting himself ready and he’s excited to be back in the line-up.”
Bateman slots into a backline that is largely unchanged from the Hurricanes encounter with the Highlanders last week, however, fullback Andre Taylor has claimed a spot in the starting fifteen.
Number eight Blade Thomson returns to the starting line-up following an injury spell last week, while lock James Broadhurst retains his position after a strong performance last week.
Cory Jane was unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury.
1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Blade Thomson,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua,15. Andre Taylor
Replacements :16. Ash Dixon,17. Chris Eves,18. John Schwalger,19. Mark Reddish,20. Ardie Savea,21. Billy Guyton,22. Matt Proctor,23. Marty Banks