Styris determined to cement place in Kiwi Twenty20 squad

New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris is determined to cement his place in the playing eleven at the 2010 ICC Twenty20 World Cup to be played in the West Indies.

Styris is not about to take anything for granted, as he is aware that despite having been part of the squad for the previous two tournaments, as well as after a successful return to the ODI squad against Australia in March, he is still not back in the Twenty20 line-up.

“I didn’t make it for the home season, so at no stage have I thought I am in the playing XI,” said the 34-year-old Styris.

“I have to go out and put good performances on the board, otherwise I will find myself sitting watching these games, which is not what I want,” he added.

Styris’s inclusion in the T20 format of the game would be a natural step forward, as he had forced his way into the ODI lineup.

The New Zealand cricket team is taking a full-strength team to the West Indies that departs today.

Styris, a veteran of 29 tests from 2002 until his retirement from that form three years ago, 165 ODIs dating back to 1999 and 22 Twenty20s has been an in-and-out figure in the national side in the last couple of years.

“The selectors, over the last 12 to 18 months, have shown in their view. I am not in the Twenty20 side, so I have got to change that, whether I think I should be or not. It”s up to me to go out and try and change their opinion,” said Styris.

New Zealand plays the first game of the tournament against Sri Lanka in Georgetown, Guyana, on April 30. (ANI)

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