Scott Styris fails to find favour with selectors

March 1st, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, March 1 (IANS) Experienced New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has been left wondering by the selectors after he was left out of the one-day series against India starting Tuesday at Napier.
There is hardly any player in the side who can match the 33-year-old from Auckland. Though he has already retired from Tests, Styris has been one of the best all-rounders in New Zealand in recent times.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Stryis has always talked about the next World Cup as his reason for staying in the game and he’s known as a scrapper. Certainly nobody in the current side can match his weight of runs and he is a canny bowler.

His last ODI was in Bangladesh last October. He performed poorly there but was New Zealand’s best batsman in the series against England last winter.

Styris broke his finger during a Twenty20 International against West Indies on the Boxing Day, and, given that he has had a dubious relationship with the selectors of late, probably he knew the writing on the wall once younger players such as Martin Guptill and Neil Broom came in and performed.

While the selectors will talk of doors always being open, their decision to drop Styris kept everyone wondering how much motivation this new father will have to prove them wrong.

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