Aaron Finch hangs up his boots from ODIs after third game against New Zealand
By SMCS - Sep 10, 2022 11:50 am
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Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch has decided to hang up his boots from the ODI format after the third and final ODI against New Zealand at Cairns on Sunday. The veteran, who will continue to play in the shortest format, said that he has fixed his focus on the 2023 World Cup as well. However, Finch scored only 26 runs in his last seven innings – including three ducks. His highest score was 15 in the three-match ODI rubber against Zimbabwe. He registered two single-figure scores in the first two games against New Zealand too as well.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch

Finch said as quoted by “It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories. 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. I thank all of those who have helped and supported my journey to this point.”

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Despite his recent lean patch, Aaron Finch will retire as Australia’s fourth-highest century-maker in ODIs with 17 tons after Ricky Ponting (29), Mark Waugh (18) and David Warner (18). Finch will remain the captain in the upcoming T20 World Cup on home soil as well.

However, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley thanked Aaron Finch for his contribution to Australia cricket and applauded him for his selfless decision too.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch

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“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 that 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,” Hockley added.