25 Jun 2011

Styris quits international cricket

6:58 am on 25 June 2011

Scott Styris has announced his retirement from international cricket, ending a 12-year career with the Black Caps.

The Northern Districts all-rounder played his first match on the 1999 tour of India and his last in the semi final of this year's World Cup against Sri Lanka.

35-year-old Styris says following the World Cup he has had time to reflect on his international future and has decided the time is right to step aside as the team begins a new era.

Styris says being a part of the Black Caps team that won the Champions Trophy in 2000 in Kenya and the history making New Zealand Test series in the West Indies in 2002 were career highlights.

A memorable debut came in the second Test of that series with Styris, batting at number eight, hitting a century that helped the team to a draw and ultimately clinch the series.

Styris will continue to play domestic cricket for the Northern Knights and the Chennai Super Kings.

Styris is currently playing cricket for Essex in the English Twenty20 competition.