Aaron Finch announces ODI retirement but still set to play in T20 World Cup

Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from ODI cricket, with Sunday’s clash against New Zealand to be his last in the format.

The 35-year-old has been struggling form-wise for an extended period, with his recent performances against both Zimbabwe and the Black Caps shining a light on his issues.

Finch has been skipper of both white-ball sides for many years, but will step away from the 50-over game and will now focus on the upcoming T20 World Cup on home soil.

“It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories,” Finch said.

“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.

“It is time now to give a new leader the best possible opportunity to prepare for and win the next World Cup.

“I thank all of those who have helped and supported my journey to this point.”

Finch will retire with an ODI record that boasts 145 matches, over 5,400 runs and 17 centuries, making him one of Australia’s great white-ball players of the modern era.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said he looks forward to seeing Finch continue as captain of the T20 outfit.

“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,” he said.

“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 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.”

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