New Zealand news June 23, 2011

Styris retires from international cricket

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Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, has announced his retirement from all international cricket. Styris, who will turn 36 next month, had retired from Tests in 2008, but continued playing one-day and Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, and was part of their run to the semi-final during the 2011 World Cup. With 4483 runs from 188 ODIs, Styris is New Zealand's sixth-highest run-getter in ODIs. He scored four centuries in the format and also took 137 wickets with his medium pace fare. He played 29 Tests and scored five centuries.

His retirement comes at a time when New Zealand have just appointed a new captain in Ross Taylor. Styris said he reflected on his future after the World Cup and decided it was time for him to step aside as the team began a new era.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed representing my country," Styris said. "It has been an honour and a pleasure to play for New Zealand alongside so many quality players over the years and to have been a part of many key moments during that time.

"Not being on the international circuit means more time at home and I'm really looking forward to spending more time with my family."

After the World Cup, Styris flew to India to play for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Despite playing just two matches in their season, he said he intended to continue playing Twenty20 cricket in domestic competitions. "I really enjoy the T20 format of the game and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for another year or two if I can." He is currently playing for Essex in the Friends Life t20 in England and will play for Northern Knights in the HRV Cup in New Zealand later in the year.

Styris, an integral part of New Zealand's one-day side during the early 2000s, was in and out of the team between 2008 and 2010, but eventually made it to the squad for the 2011 World Cup. He could not however conjure up the form he had shown in previous World Cups; he averaged 45.75 in the 2003 edition, and scored a hundred and four fifties, in addition to taking nine wickets, in the 2007 edition.

Though New Zealand have had a disappointing run in the recent past, Styris has been part of some important successes. He noted winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000, in Kenya, and scoring a hundred on Test debut at Port of Spain, in a series that ended up being New Zealand's first Test series victory in the West Indies, as the highlights of his career. "Winning the Champions Trophy in Kenya was awesome given it was also the first time New Zealand won an ICC event. It was also memorable to score a hundred and take wickets on my Test debut, knowing it contributed to a historic series win."

New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan said he was aware Styris' departure was imminent for some time, and that the team would miss his consistency. "Scott has been one of our most consistent performers and a real go-to man in big games," Vaughan said. "He was someone who always seemed to play his best under pressure. His competitive attitude and the leadership he demonstrated while in the New Zealand team will be missed.

"However, we support his decision to retire from international cricket. It has been signalled for some time."

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  • on June 25, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Scott Styris for me, is one player who has the caliber of providing the team with all the goods whether its bowling,fielding or even batting.I always remember copying his bowling action every now and then. His accuracy and slow-cutters were just awesome, for me, he made me learn that it is not pace or spin altogether that is required but it is the line and length that is important as a bowler. For me in recent matches, your partnership with Taylor against India when you made 89 was the best.But somehow, I knew these couple of days that you will leave and I would have to see your bowling action from cricket highlights only lol. Now, that you are gone, take care man, your bowling action will be on my mind for a long time.

  • on June 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    sad for NZ cricket now who will turn their thrashings in to well played defeat :P

  • on June 25, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    His all round abilities will be missed in the NZ team, but will be looked up to for making the call so rightly...signing off on a high, I think NZ cricket has gained a lot from a sportsman like Scottie...the fraternity will sure wish him all the luck for the future, and thanks for the great moments you gave us.

  • on June 25, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Scott was the 'GO TO 5-7' batsmen.. If NZ were like 150~ 180 for 5, STYRIS made sure we got at least 250 all out, he was the fighter at the tail ... A feral all rounder and he will be missed..

    He was scoring 50;s even up to the age of mid 30's!! You will be missed bro.

  • on June 24, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    I Liked your technique and watched you play all your career. We miss you for sure Scott.

  • CricketChat on June 24, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Scott did the right thing and timed it very well. Even in IPL-4, he looked a bit pedestrian in the few matches he played. I hope he quits fully from all levels before he loses further credibility. In any case, he was one of few fighters from NZ who took on opposition on even terms and performed when it mattered more often than not. I always held him in high esteem due to his on field exploits against any opposition. Wish him best of luck in post playing career.

  • on June 24, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    i agree he played really well under pressure, disturbed a lot of oppositions when they would be happy to get most of the batsman out early but scott used to hang there when it really mattered

  • on June 24, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Will miss u scotth keep enjyong what u do...

  • on June 24, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    piggie club's leader gone .... thats sad but i dont care

  • bobbo2 on June 24, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I like Styris - at least you always knew he had a bit of fight in him. Thanks for some great performances.

  • on June 25, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Scott Styris for me, is one player who has the caliber of providing the team with all the goods whether its bowling,fielding or even batting.I always remember copying his bowling action every now and then. His accuracy and slow-cutters were just awesome, for me, he made me learn that it is not pace or spin altogether that is required but it is the line and length that is important as a bowler. For me in recent matches, your partnership with Taylor against India when you made 89 was the best.But somehow, I knew these couple of days that you will leave and I would have to see your bowling action from cricket highlights only lol. Now, that you are gone, take care man, your bowling action will be on my mind for a long time.

  • on June 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    sad for NZ cricket now who will turn their thrashings in to well played defeat :P

  • on June 25, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    His all round abilities will be missed in the NZ team, but will be looked up to for making the call so rightly...signing off on a high, I think NZ cricket has gained a lot from a sportsman like Scottie...the fraternity will sure wish him all the luck for the future, and thanks for the great moments you gave us.

  • on June 25, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Scott was the 'GO TO 5-7' batsmen.. If NZ were like 150~ 180 for 5, STYRIS made sure we got at least 250 all out, he was the fighter at the tail ... A feral all rounder and he will be missed..

    He was scoring 50;s even up to the age of mid 30's!! You will be missed bro.

  • on June 24, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    I Liked your technique and watched you play all your career. We miss you for sure Scott.

  • CricketChat on June 24, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Scott did the right thing and timed it very well. Even in IPL-4, he looked a bit pedestrian in the few matches he played. I hope he quits fully from all levels before he loses further credibility. In any case, he was one of few fighters from NZ who took on opposition on even terms and performed when it mattered more often than not. I always held him in high esteem due to his on field exploits against any opposition. Wish him best of luck in post playing career.

  • on June 24, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    i agree he played really well under pressure, disturbed a lot of oppositions when they would be happy to get most of the batsman out early but scott used to hang there when it really mattered

  • on June 24, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Will miss u scotth keep enjyong what u do...

  • on June 24, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    piggie club's leader gone .... thats sad but i dont care

  • bobbo2 on June 24, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I like Styris - at least you always knew he had a bit of fight in him. Thanks for some great performances.

  • nastle on June 24, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    The under-rated allrounder: batting anchor and partnership breaker of the ODI side. Best of luck and thanks!

  • on June 24, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Best of luck, Scotty, we will miss you <3

  • on June 24, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Tnx Scott for the wonderful moments you gave us.

    After Chris Harris quit, Styris filled the role for the Black Caps. His calm demeanor and doing his bit while the team was in crisis will be remembered by cricket fans all over the world

  • evenflow_1990 on June 24, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    i liked his style - always willing to go for a scrap and battle it out with the best. he did very well in the career and i wish him all the best in the future.

  • ajaygodbole on June 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    We will miss you scotty. Scotty you were a good all rounder, The one who fill the vaccum created by Chris Cairns. I hope Kiwis can get a good allrounder like you

  • rumcork69 on June 24, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Thanks for the great memories.

  • A_HTIMAN on June 24, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Great Criketer. Wish him a suceesful perioad after retirement

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    good decsion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    bye scott styris.. nz will miss your talent.. ( from BAnGlaDe$h )

  • AltafKan on June 24, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Will never forget Styris hitting Umer Gul high long on and incredible Afridi catching the impossible. That was the catch of summer(t20 world cup 2009)

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on June 24, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Why Scotty? As a cricket fan i loved watching you play! i thought you had a couple of years left in ya! Anyways, all the best for your future!

  • Ronsars on June 24, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    A good cricketer & one of the finest allrounder if not greatest....Good luck Scotty post retirement

  • asokk77 on June 24, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK STYRIS.....HE IS A GREAT ALL ROUNDER

  • mkAgrahari on June 24, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    will always remembered as a player,who never use his full potential.best of luck scotty

  • anilsamra09 on June 24, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    hey scott dont go for this, i like you man you are the pride of kiwis. you are my favourite cricketer for all time . i like your batting style your power hitting

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    great cricketer....miss u...

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Good Bye scotty from pakistan, we ll miss you

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    great player. NZ miss scott strys badly.good batsman and effective bowler

  • nagc on June 24, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Bye Bye Scotty......Best of luck for future..... u ware true All Rounder

  • jonesy2 on June 24, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    well done mate. come and play with the warriors in the BBL

  • KBCA on June 24, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    way more than just a pretty face, thanks for the good time scotty pc

  • KBCA on June 24, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    more than just a pretty face

  • donda on June 24, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    A player who was never able to use his complete talent in International cricket.

    Injuries and i don't now what makes him an ordinary player otherwise he would have been a great ODI player.

    But he was good servant to NZ team for long time and contributed well in wins and loses.

    NZ will miss his talent but once again Styris has more talent but i think he is not able to use in International cricket well. Some thing was missing may be NZ team is not that strong to motivate players to become legends. I don't know.

    Best of luck to Styrus , have fun.

  • on June 24, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Goodbye Scotty. You will be missed.

  • L.Pearce on June 24, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    *sigh* i hate retirement...but congratulations to Scott on his career and all the very to best him for whatever the future holds.

  • on June 24, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    EXCELLET PLAYER , I STILL REMEMBER HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL WICKET WAS SACHIN TENDULKAR

    VERY GUD ALLROUNDER AND ALSO EXCELLENT CHARACTER ON AND OFF THE FIELD, HATS OFF STYRSIS

  • vakeel on June 24, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    The man i like in NZ cricket is Scott Stris, Stephen Fleming.. Will miss you..

  • on June 24, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Good Bye Scotty You are the great servant of NZ Cricket.

  • on June 24, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    What a Cricketer. You will be missed.

  • anver777 on June 24, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    End of an excellent international career for Styris ................... my best wishes for domestic T20's !!!!!

  • on June 24, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    hope he takes up commentary after this. would love to see a bit of pig v rig up there in the box

  • on June 24, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Great Cricketer and a wonderful cricket personality. He will be missed on the world cricket stage. Congratulations on an awesome career and best of luck in the domestic competitions.

  • layya on June 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    good country, good people and a great cricketer..

  • Prakhs on June 24, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Very good player and with excellent technique, though he couldn't do justice to his talent. I think he should have been given the captaincy after Fleming just to increase his interest in the game. The current situation of NZ cricket is like come and go players, they need a solid bunch of regular players without experimenting much with the mix.Anyways thanks for the entertainment buddy, you were always the hope in NZs middle order when, more often than not, the top order fails. Best of luck for the future. Remain the fighter that you are!!!

  • on June 24, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Respect to you pig! You have been Mr Dependable for NZ in the ODI's for quite a while now. A real fighter of the game, good luck in your future endeavors!

  • ather_aziz on June 24, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    A very underrated player to say the least but a wonderful career gud luk to him

  • ather_aziz on June 24, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    A very underrated player to say the least but a wonderful career gud luk to him

  • Horn.OK.Please on June 24, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Enjoy your retirement Scott..You were a great player; looking forward to seeing you represent CSK in IPL 2012

  • on June 24, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Terrific cricketer yet not so famous as he should be..

  • on June 24, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Quite sad... Vettori was one of the few who was brave enough to face the reality of a situation and to summon his reserves to face that challenge: He gave everything he had for NZ. This kind of people are sadly too rare in these razzle-dazzle days of greed in cricket today. I am a SL fan, and I have been truly impressed through all these years with what Dan did nor only for NZ, but for all of Cricket: not only did he bring about playing cricket in the true spirit of the game, he also did not let fame and fortune get into his head. He always was modest and humble, always playing for his country rather than for himself. His leadership of the NZ team was through example, and not by dictatorship.

    Ross Taylor is a nice decent kid, and NZ has been wise to give him experience as captain. I hope NZ becomes a world champion soon.

  • Amarjitmadan on June 24, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    Styris was a very good all rounder and Mr Reliable for the team.He showed his grit many a times in pressure situations and won matches for the country.It will take a while for some one to fit in his shoes.All the best Scot

  • Impactzone on June 24, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Well played that man. A player who was always on the ball.

  • on June 24, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    great allrounder for nz.......................

  • on June 24, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    He should have been given reigns after Fleming. Vettori was there, but I felt Styris could have been given leadership role more often.

  • AC_1 on June 24, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Great cricketer, great fighter. Will be missed. Was awesome to watch him against the Aussies in 2010... some magic moments vs Mitchell Johnson!

  • SirBean on June 24, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Many thanks Pig for all the entertainment. Cant wait to see you join Rigger in the comentary box!

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on June 24, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Wish the best to him, he was allways a solid dependable allrounder.

  • AlpiBhalla on June 24, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Great talent who achieved far less than what he promised ! Thank you Scott!!!

  • mrwaka on June 24, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Take a good, long, hard look at that bloke folks because cricketers like Scotty Styris are going to become a rare breed in the not so distant future. he is a true alrounder in every sense of the word. My hope for Kiwi cricket is that Grant Elliot lives up to his potential shortly. Well timed retirement too - Ricky ponting take note.

  • on June 23, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    great servant to the game. will miss you. mitchell johnson is breathing a sigh of relief :)

  • on June 23, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    He will be missed for a long time..........

  • WestIndies1987 on June 23, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    I have always been a fan of any cricketer who is an allrounder and I will miss Styris. I would love to see him play club cricket here in the Caribbean but I know we can't afford him.

  • on June 23, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    he will be missed! hope he continues playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL!

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  • on June 23, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    he will be missed! hope he continues playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL!

  • WestIndies1987 on June 23, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    I have always been a fan of any cricketer who is an allrounder and I will miss Styris. I would love to see him play club cricket here in the Caribbean but I know we can't afford him.

  • on June 23, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    He will be missed for a long time..........

  • on June 23, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    great servant to the game. will miss you. mitchell johnson is breathing a sigh of relief :)

  • mrwaka on June 24, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Take a good, long, hard look at that bloke folks because cricketers like Scotty Styris are going to become a rare breed in the not so distant future. he is a true alrounder in every sense of the word. My hope for Kiwi cricket is that Grant Elliot lives up to his potential shortly. Well timed retirement too - Ricky ponting take note.

  • AlpiBhalla on June 24, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Great talent who achieved far less than what he promised ! Thank you Scott!!!

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on June 24, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Wish the best to him, he was allways a solid dependable allrounder.

  • SirBean on June 24, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Many thanks Pig for all the entertainment. Cant wait to see you join Rigger in the comentary box!

  • AC_1 on June 24, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Great cricketer, great fighter. Will be missed. Was awesome to watch him against the Aussies in 2010... some magic moments vs Mitchell Johnson!

  • on June 24, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    He should have been given reigns after Fleming. Vettori was there, but I felt Styris could have been given leadership role more often.