Aaron Finch retires from international cricket after a 12-year career. Finch captained Australia in the just ended T20 World Cup after retiring from ODIs.
Aaron Finch, one of Australia’s most seasoned players, announced his retirement from T20 Internationals on February 7, Tuesday, bringing his 12-year international career to an end. Finch announced his retirement from one-day internationals in September 2022 last year. Although he continued to captain his team in the shorter format.
Finch departs from Twenty20 cricket after 103 matches for Australia, 76 of which he led the squad. He departs as Australia’s leading run scorer in the format, with 3120 runs scored at an average of 34.28 and a strike rate of 142.5. His career-high 172 versus Zimbabwe in 2018 is the greatest individual score in the format. He previously set the record with 156 points against England in 2013. He also played in five Test matches for Australia.
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Finch’s decision to retire from the 50-over format last year cast doubt on his T20I future.
Many predicting he will hang up his boots after the T20 World Cup on home soil in 2022. He did, however, postpone his choice until the end of Australia’s top domestic league. The Big Bash League, in which he play for the Melbourne Renegades.
“Realising that I won’t be playing until the next T20 World Cup in 2024. Now is the proper moment to stand aside and allow the squad time to prepare and grow towards that tournament. I’d want to thank my family, particularly my wife Amy, my teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for allowing me to play the game I love at the greatest level.
“I’d also want to thank all of the fans who have supported me throughout my worldwide career. You play the game for team success, and the first T20 World Cup triumph in 2021 and capturing the ODI World Cup on home soil in 2015 will be the two moments I treasure the most. It has been a wonderful privilege to be able to represent Australia for 12 years and play alongside and against some of the best players of all time “Finch stated in a formal statement.
While Finch pulls it quits after an amazing T20I career, the Australian team is faced with the task of picking a new captain for the game’s shortest format. Pat Cummins
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