Sunday, February 3, 2008

Scott Styris: No more in Test Cricket

The 32 year old New Zealand all rounder Scott Styris said “good bye” to Tests and first-class cricket on Sunday. But he is eyeing to play next year’s (2011) ICC World Cup.

He was one of the best all rounder in New Zealand team.

He has wished to continue playing in limited over matches and Twenty20 Internationals. The all time form and reliable middle order batsman cum useful medium pace bowler made his debut against West Indies at St George’s in Jun 28, 2002 and already played 29 Tests where he scored 1586 at an average of 36.04. This all rounder’s Test career is not so long than six years. However, he became successful to prove his talent with 5 Test centuries and 6 half centuries with the highest of 170. His debut century and half century against West Indies showed New Zealand the way of win.

This player also played 142 One-Day Internationals for his team where he scored 3440 runs at an average of 33.07 with four hundreds and a high score of 141. He told that he will play in the limited over matches for his team as many as possible.

Scott Styris’s announcement of taking retirement comes just after a week after fast bowler Shane Bond confirmed his retirement to join the rebel Indian Cricket League.

Styris is one of the renowned New Zealand players who has signed to play lucrative Indian Premier League.

New Zealand team should suffer his lack in the main side. Now, it is the time to see who will replace this place for New Zealand team.

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