Aaron Finch, Australia’s Captain, Has Announced His Retirement From One-Day Internationals

Aaron Finch, Australia's Captain, Has Announced His Retirement From One-Day Internationals

Australia captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket, effective after the team’s third and final ODI against New Zealand on Sunday.

Since scoring 62 runs against Sri Lanka in an ODI in June, the 35-year-old Finch has averaged just 3.7 runs, including three ducks.

Finch will continue to captain Australia’s Twenty20 team and will lead it in the defense of its world title when the T20 World Cup is held in Australia in October and November, according to Cricket Australia.

“It’s been an incredible ride with some incredible memories,” said Finch, who played 145 ODIs, 54 of them as captain. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to be a part of some fantastic one-day teams.”

“It is now time to give a new leader the best chance possible to prepare for and win the next World Cup.” “I want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me along the way.”

One of the most damaging opening batters in the world when at his best, Finch has scored 5,401 runs in the ODI format and averaged close to 40, including 17 centuries. But he’s failed to get past 20 in his last seven innings and his continuing place in the side was in doubt.

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Finch’s decision leaves Australia searching for a new one-day captain ahead of next year’s World Cup in India. Australia test skipper Pat Cummins previously indicated he does not want to captain the ODI side.

Australia has already clinched the three-match ODI series against New Zealand in Cairns, north Queensland state, after winning the first two matches.

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