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All-rounder swaps Essex for Sussex in 2012

Scott Styris: Returning to the UK with Sussex

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Sussex have signed former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris for the forthcoming 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign.

Styris, who retired from international cricket in June 2011, will be with the Sharks throughout the 20-over competition.

The 36-year-old represented Essex in last year's competition, but has opted for a new challenge with Sussex as the Hove-based club attempt to land the title for a second time.

Styris said: "I love playing in the UK, and I feel privileged to have played for a couple of great clubs.

"Scott has been a real thorn in our side in the last couple of years for Essex and we are really pleased he has decided to join us."

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"While I am sad to be leaving Essex, where I have enjoyed the last two seasons, I'm really excited about joining Sussex in June and July for the competition.

"Sussex has been a powerhouse in one-day cricket in recent years and I look forward to contributing to the team and working with (manager) Mark Robinson and (captain) Mike Yardy during my time at Hove, and getting stuck into winning a trophy."

Robinson, the club's professional cricket manager, said: "Scott has been a real thorn in our side in the last couple of years for Essex and we are really pleased he has decided to join us.

"We have lacked someone who is able to come in during the middle overs and be able to clear the ropes, and Scott as we've seen to our cost is proven at doing this.

"His experience and his all-round capabilities will mean he will be a real addition to the Twenty20 squad."