Scott Styris link drew Tim Southee to Essex

New Zealand pair Scott Styris and Tim Southee have said it was an easy decision to feature for Essex in this year's Twenty20.

All-rounder Styris averaged 35.63 with the bat in his 15 appearances for Essex last season, including a 106 not out against Surrey.

And he told BBC Look East he had no hesitation in recommending the cub to his international team-mate Southee.

"When Tim asked about it it was easy to say 'you should play here'," he said.

"If I'd had a terrible time and not enjoyed it I don't think I'd be back and I'm looking forward to this stint as much as anything I've done."

Medium-fast bowler Southee, who plays with Stryis for New Zealand side Northern Districts and Indian Premier League outfit Chennai Super Kings, will once again link up with his countryman when Essex kick off their Twenty20 campaign against Sussex on Friday.

"Outside of his 100 he scored against Surrey he's said only good things about Essex," Southee said of Stryis' influence.

"He's one of the reasons why I'm here, he didn't have a bad word to say, it made the decision a lot easier."

Styris helped steer Essex to the final four of the tournament last season but international commitments meant he had to miss out on finals day.

"I was frustrated and disappointed that I was sitting in Sri Lanka with the New Zealand side, watching the game over there," he said.

"It would be nice to put in another performance or two like that again and help.

"We've got a better team potentially this year, I like to think if we play well we should be on finals day again."

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