Aaron Finch announces his retirement from International cricket
The 36-year-old Australia's opening batter Aaron Finch announced his retirement from International cricket
On Tuesday, Australia's T20 team skipper Aaron Finch retired from all forms of international cricket. The 36-year-old veteran batter had already retired from Test and ODI cricket and now he announced his retirement from T20 as well. Finch has been Australia's most successful T20 captain. Under his leadership, the Aussies team won the T20 World Championship for the first time in the year 2021.
Aaron Finch captained the Australian team in 76 T20s and 55 ODIs. Finch played a total of 254 international matches, including five Tests, 146 ODIs and 103 T20 matches. Finch said about his retirement, "Realizing that I will not play until the next T20 World Championship in 2024, now is the right time to step down and give the team time to plan and execute for that tournament." I also want to say a big thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career."
Since making his international debut in a T20 match against England in January 2011, Finch has scored 8,804 runs, including 17 ODI centuries and 2 T20 centuries. He retired from ODIs in September last year, but he continued to captain Australia in T20Is. However, under the leadership of Finch, the Aussies could not win the T20 World Championship for the second consecutive time at home. Finch played his last match in this tournament and scored 63 runs. However, due to the defeat in the first match, this team did not reach the semi-finals.
In the year 2020, Finch also became the T20 Cricketer of the Year among men. He scored an inning of 172 runs in just 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2018 and set the record for the highest individual score in T20. His wonderful innings included 10 sixes and 16 fours. At the same time, in 2013, he scored 156 runs in 63 balls against England in Southampton. It was the biggest T20 innings at that time and is currently at number three.
"You play matches for the success of the team and winning the T20 World Championship for the first time in 2021 and the ODI World Championship on home soil in 2015 will be two memories I will always cherish. To be able to represent Australia for 12 years And it has been an incredible honour to play with and against some of the greatest players ever."
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