Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from T20 internationals after failing to defend the World Cup title and getting knocked out of the world cup without reaching the knockout stages. Finch has been one of the most destructive batsman in the shorter format. Finch announced his retirement from ODI format in September 2022.
The Victorian made his T20 international debut against England on January 12,2011 at Adelaide Oval. Finch has been a phenomenal player for Australia in the shorter format and ends his career as the leading run-scorer for Australia in T20I’s. He amassed 3120 runs in T20 internationals averaging 34.28 and smashing at a strike rate of 142.53. The right hander also holds the record for the highest individual score in T20 internationals. Finch scored 172 runs against Zimbabwe in 2018 surpassing his previous best score of 156 runs against England in 2013.
Aaron Finch lifted the ODI World Cup on his home soil in 2015. He was the world number 1 batsman at that time. Finch was appointed as the full time captain of Australia after the ball tampering scandal in 2018. He lead Australia to the semi-finals in the 2019 ODI World Cup in England. Finch then went on to win the T20 World Cup in 2021.
Finch holds the record for captaining most matches in T20 internationals (72). He also holds the record for highest individual score by a captain in T20I’s (172). Finch is also the 2nd player to score runs in sixes and fours in an innings (128 runs). He is the 3rd fastest to 3000 T20I runs.
The Time is Right for Retirement – Aaron Finch
“The time is right to let the T20 team enter a new phase, to give them enough time and space to allow a new captain to take over and move in a new direction,” “Realizing that I won’t be playing on until the next T20 World Cup in 2024, now is the right moment to step down and give the team time to plan and build towards that event.”
“Team success is what you play the game for and the maiden T20 World Cup win in 2021 and lifting the ODI World Cup on home soil in 2015 will be the two memories I cherish the most,” “To be able to represent Australia for 12 years and play with and against some of the
greatest players of all time has been an incredible honor.”
“As one of only four [five] men’s players to captain Australia to a World Cup victory, Aaron will always have a special place in Australian Cricket’s history,” Cricket Australia chairman, Dr. Lachlan Henderson, said. “Playing at the highest level for over a decade requires
incredible determination and dedication, so we thank Aaron for his enormous contribution and wish him all the best in the next phase of his career.”
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