New Zealand news June 23, 2011

Styris retires from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2011, 18:52 GMT

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

  • Steve 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2011, 16:08 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2011, 14:47 GMT

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

  • Dion 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.

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