Aaron Finch retired from international cricket
Aaron Finch led Australia to their first ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy in his brilliant international career.
Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The long-time white-ball captain represented Australia in 254 internationals across all formats, playing in five Tests, 146 ODIs and 103 T20Is.
Before announcing his retirement on Tuesday, Finch had led Australia in a world-record 76 men’s T20Is and 55 ODIs.
Australia’s longest-serving captain in the shortest format of the game, veteran batsman Aaron Finch called time on his international career on Tuesday. Finch, who retired as Australia’s one-day international (ODI) captain last year, has confirmed his retirement from T20Is. Finch led Australia to its first ICC World T20 title in 2021.
Finch, Australia’s most successful captain in T20I cricket history, will continue to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL). Finch’s position in the Australian team came under the scanner after the men from down town failed to defend their T20 World Cup crown at home in 2022. Australia failed to host the knockout stage of the T20 World Cup last year.
“Recognizing that I won’t be playing until the next T20 World Cup in 2024, now is the right time to step in and give the team time to plan and build up to that event. I would like to extend my thanks to my family, especially my wife Amy, my teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia. “And the Australian Cricketers’ Association, I want to thank all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career for allowing me to play the game I love at the highest level,” Finch said in a statement.
One of the greatest batsmen in T20 cricket, Finch made his international debut in 2011 against England. In his glittering international career, Finch has amassed 8,804 runs. The veteran batsman also scored 17 ODI centuries and two T20I centuries for Australia. In his last international for Australia, Finch top-scored with a brilliant 63 as Down Under’s men beat Ireland by 42 runs.
“The team’s success will be two memories you play with and the first T20 World Cup win in 2021 and lifting the ODI World Cup on home soil in 2015. To be able to represent Australia for 12 years. It’s an incredible honor to play with some of the greatest players of all time,” Finch added.
The veteran hit 172 off 76 balls against Zimbabwe in 2018 to record the highest T20 score. Finch broke his own record for highest T20 score at that time. Finch also holds the record as the third highest run-scorer in T20Is. The Australian opener hit a 63-ball 156 against England in Southampton in 2013. The 36-year-old played five Tests, 146 ODIs and 103 T20Is for Australia.