Australian limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch said on Tuesday that his first-class days are likely behind him, indicating that he has no plans to play the Marsh Sheffield Shield again.
On Tuesday, despite the 35-year-old Finch finding form ahead of the white-ball series against Pakistan in the subcontinent – with the Victorian scoring a 100-ball 67 in the Marsh Cup – his innings could not halt Western Australia’s charge into the final of the 50-overs-a-side domestic tournament.
The veteran cricketer also said that he will not be available for selection in next week’s Shield match against Tasmania at the Junction Oval, according to cricket.com.au.
“I don’t think I’ll play again. There’s no point, I’m not going to play Test cricket again so the younger guys in our squad, there’s some really talented players, so there’s no point me taking up one of those spots when they can be getting really valuable game time. I love playing red-ball cricket, but it’s just reality.
With a packed limited-overs schedule that also has the T20 World Cup in October-November besides international white-ball fixtures throughout, Finch said he would not be pushing for Test selection next year.
Finch’s last first-class game was on December 7, 2019, when Victoria’s Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia was abandoned after Day 1 due to the MCG pitch deemed dangerous, according to the report.