Wellington, Jun 24: New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris, has announced his retirement from all international cricket with immediate effect. The 36-year old had earlier retired from Test Cricket in 2008 and was an important of the New Zealand's limited over set-up.
Announcing his retirement, the all-rounder was quoted as saying, "I have thoroughly enjoyed representing my country. 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."
Informing that post-retirement, all his attention would be on his family, Styris said, "Not being on the international circuit means more time at home and I'm really looking forward to spending more time with my family."
However, the Kiwi all-rounder will continue to play domestic T20 tournament. Informing of his decision, he said, "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."
Reminiscing some of the highlights of the career, he said, "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."
Supporting Styris' decision to retire, New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan said, "Scott has been one of our most consistent performers and a real go-to man in big games. 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."
And added, "However, we support his decision to retire from international cricket. It has been signaled for some time."
Styris appeared in 188 ODIs for New Zealand, scoring four centuries and taking 137 wickets. He played 29 Tests and scored five centuries.