When Australia plays New Zealand in the third ODI on Sunday, Aaron Finch will retire from ODIs after participating in his 146th game. As Australia prepares to defend its championship in the T20 World Cup in 2022 on home soil, Finch will continue to captain the T20I team.
Details on Australia Skipper Aaron Finch will retire from ODIs:
Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia’s limited-overs side, will stop competing in One-Day Internationals after the third game against New Zealand on September 11.
The 35-year-old Finch will continue to command the T20I team. He has participated in 145 ODIs and 54 matches as captain. Australia won their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup championship in the UAE in 2021 while he served as captain.
Finch said in a statement, “It has been a terrific ride with some incredible memories. “I have been blessed by all the guys I have played with and the many people behind the scenes, and I have been really lucky to be a part of some outstanding one-day sides.
“I thank all of those who have aided and supported my path to this point. It is time now to offer a new leader the best opportunity to prepare for and win the next World Cup.”
The 2020 Australia Men’s ODI Player of the Year was awarded to Finch, a member of the Australia team who won the 2015 ODI World Cup. With the best score of 153 not out, the right-hander has amassed 5401 runs in ODIs.
Australia advanced to the 2019 edition’s semifinals under Finch’s captaincy but fell to eventual champions and hosts England. He has hit 17 ODI centuries, trailing only Mark Waugh (29), David Warner, and Ricky Ponting in that category (both 18).
“Aaron is an immensely gifted and determined player whose superb batsmanship has been matched by his strong and inspiring leadership,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said. “His decision to step down from the ODI captaincy now is representative of his unselfish approach to the game.”
Aaron’s leadership, experience, and tactical acumen will be crucial to Australia’s defense of its T20 World Cup title at home during the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.