Australia T20 World Cup-winning captain Aaron Finch retires from international cricket

Written by Shreyas Vyas

Aaron Finch has retired from international cricket after leading Australia to their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title. Finch, a former one-day captain, retired from the 50-over game in September and used the home summer to decide on his T20 future after Australia’s World Cup title defense ended before the semi-finals. 

Finch led Australia in a world record 76 men’s T20Is, as well as in 55 ODIs, before announcing his retirement on Tuesday. The long-term white-ball skipper represented Australia in 254 international matches across all formats, playing five Tests, 146 ODIs and 103 T20Is.

“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,” ICC quoted Finch as saying at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“I also want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career,” he added.

Since making his international debut in a T20I against England in January 2011, Finch amassed 8,804 runs which include 17 ODI centuries and two T20I tons.

Finch ended his ODI career in September of last year, but he continued to captain Australia in T20s, notably during their disappointing home defence of the T20 World Cup.

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