Kiwi batsmen will struggle on “tired” Windies strips: Styris

Georgetown: New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has said his teammates would find it difficult to adjust to the “tired” pitches in the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

“It’s the nature of the pitches, they are really difficult to bat on, and very different to what we’re used to back home. They’re not like the other tours I’ve been on here in the Caribbean. It’s going to be tough going,” The New Zealand Herald quoted Styris, as saying.

“We’re all still trying to figure out how best to bat on them. They’re very tired wickets and they’ve been used a lot. Batting is not easy, and getting yourself in is the hard part,” he added.

Talking about his four-wicket haul that led the Black Caps to a remarkable seven-run win against the West Indies in a warm-up game, Styris said: “It isn’t easy to bat on and the wickets do suit my style of bowling. I was very pleased with the way the bowling went, it’d be nice if I could contribute with the bat as well”

The 34-year-old, who has relished the Caribbean conditions in his two previous tours, further insisted that all-rounders will play a crucial role in the tournament.

“It’s the nature of Twenty20 cricket, you’re never really out of it. If you can pick up a few wickets or get a couple of maidens together, it puts pressure on the opposition and false shots come from that. Maybe scores of 120-130 are not so bad over here at the moment,” Styris said.