Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch announced his One-Day International (ODI) retirement after the conclusion of the Hadlee-Chappell Trophy 2022 against New Zealand on September 11.
Since making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 2013, Aaron Finch represented the Australian cricket team in 146 matches in the 50-over format. He has amassed 5,406 runs in 142 innings at an average of 38.89 and a strike rate of 87.72. The Victoria-born cricketer smashed 17 hundreds and 30 fifties in the ODI format.
Aaron Finch was part of the 2015 Cricket World Cup-winning squad under the leadership of Michael Clarke. Australia thrashed arch-rivals New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the MCG to clinch their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup title.
During their 2015 World Cup campaign, Finch played a pivotal role by opening the innings alongside David Warner. Finch scored 280 runs in eight matches at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 92.10, registering one hundred and one half-century in the tournament. His highest score of 135 off 128 balls came against rivals England in Melbourne.
Between 2017 and 2022, Finch led the Australian ODI side on 55 occasions, winning 30 matches and losing 24 of them. He has a win percentage of 55.55 - making him the fifth-most successful Australian ODI captain after Ricky Ponting, Alan Border, Steve Waugh and Michael Clarke.
“It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories,” Australia captain Aaron 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’s form dipped before he called time on his ODI career, scoring just 10 runs in three matches in the last series against New Zealand.
However, Finch will continue to lead Australia’s men’s T20 side including at the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia starting on October 16.
The right-handed batter has impressive numbers in the T20I format, accumulating 2,855 runs in 92 matches at a strike rate of 145.29 including maintaining a decent average of 35.25. He has two tons and 17 fifties to his name in cricket’s shortest format.
Finch has also played five Test matches, scoring 278 runs at an average of 27.8. He has recorded two half-centuries in the longest format.
Aaron Finch records
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