Star batter Aaron Finch is all set to announce his retirement from the One-Day internationals after the ongoing series against New Zealand, Cricket Australia announced on Saturday, September 10. The veteran opener has copped severe criticism for his dismal form with the bat in recent times.
Finch, who won the 2015 World Cup, made his ODI debut in 2013 and scored 5041 runs – including 17 centuries and 30 fifties – at an average of 39.13. He has featured in 145 ODI matches with 54 as captain.
Aaron Finch believes it is the right time to step down and give others enough time to prepare for the World Cup scheduled to take place in India next year.
“It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories,” Finch said. “I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of some brilliant one-day sides. Equally, I have been blessed by all those I have played with and the many people behind the scenes.
“It is time now to give a new leader the best possible opportunity to prepare for and win the next World Cup. I thank all of those who have helped and supported my journey to this point,” he added.
Aaron Finch. What a sensational ODI career! ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/2dAiUch8Cs
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His typical of his selfless approach to the game – Australia CEO
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley added congratulated Aaron Finch on a successful ODI career and is delighted that he will lead the side in the upcoming T20 World Cup at home.
“On behalf of Australian Cricket, I would like to congratulate Aaron on his vast contribution as captain of the Australian Men’s ODI team and as a wonderful exponent of the 50-over format.
“Aaron is an enormously gifted and determined player whose outstanding deeds with the bat have been matched by his strong and inspiring leadership. His decision to step aside from the ODI captaincy now is typical of his selfless approach to the game.”
“I’m delighted Aaron will lead the Australian team into the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup where his leadership, experience and tactical nous will be integral to the defence of our T20 World Cup title on home soil.”