Australian Batsman & Skipper Aaron Finch announced his retirement from T20 Internationals. He brought an end to his successful career as a Batsman & a Captain. Now there will be a new Captain for Australia for the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2024.
“Realising that I won’t be playing on until the next T20 World Cup in 2024, now is the right moment to step down and give the team time to plan and build towards that event,” Finch said.
“I’d like to thank my family, especially my wife Amy, my team-mates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their support to allow me to play the game I love at the highest level. I also want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career.
“Team success is what you play the game for and the maiden T20 World Cup win in 2021 and lifting the ODI World Cup on home soil in 2015 will be the two memories I cherish the most. To be able to represent Australia for 12 years and play with and against some of the greatest players of all time has been an incredible honor,” – Finch added
He had a successful tournament for Melbourne Renegades, where he made 428 runs with an average of 38.90. He still decided that he won’t push through to August for T20 Internationals in South Africa. Finch led the team to their first T20 World Cup title defeating New Zealand in Dubai in 2021.
Aaron Finch’s Career:
Finch made his T20 Internationals debut against England at Adelaide Oval in 2011. Finch retires with 3120 runs in 103 T20Is with an average of 34.28 and a strike rate of 142.53 including 19 half centuries & 2 centuries. He smashed 125 massive sixes in his career. His high score is 172, which he made against Zimbabwe in 2018. A record he also held with his 156 against England in 2013. He retired as the leading T20 run scorer for Australia.
There is no such news about the Captain position in Australia. Wade could be the option but it is too late to make him a Captain as he could also leave International Cricket. Pat Cummins can be an option but managing in every format is not a regular thing in recent times in Cricket. It will be known as soon as the South Africa series will come.