Australia’s Aaron Finch announces retirement from International Cricket

Australia’s T20 World Cup-winning captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from the T20Is, this brings an end to his international cricket career for Australia spanning 12 years. Earlier, the opening batsman had announced retirement from the 50-over format in September last year. Finch also played five Test matches for Australia.

Finch told the reporters that it’s important for the new captain and opener to give ample time for the 2024 T20 World Cup. The ICC tournament is scheduled to take place in June in West Indies and USA. He thanked his family, his team-mates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their support to allow him to play the game he loves at the highest level. He also thanked all the fans who supported him throughout his international career.

Finch made his international cricket debut in a T20I against England in 2011. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2013.

Finch made his Test debut against Pakistan in 2018. Finch became a permanent part of the leadership group in the absence of regular captain Steve Smith and vice-captain Warner.

Finch retires from T20I cricket after 103 caps for Australia, leading the country in 76 of those matches. He retires as Australia’s leading run-getter in the format, having scored 3120 runs at an average of 34.28 and a strike rate of 142.5. His career-best 172 came against Zimbabwe in 2018 and is also the best individual score in the format.

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