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Australia one-day captain Finch to retire after New Zealand series

After Sunday’s last game in a three-match series against New Zealand, Australia’s one-day cricket skipper Aaron Finch will stop playing in international games of the format, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.

Finch, who has 145 one-day matches under his belt and 54 as Australia’s captain, will continue to skipper the nation’s T20 team, including in this year’s World Cup, which Australia will host starting on October 16.

Finch stated in a statement, “It has been a terrific trip with some incredible memories.

  • Finch has captained Australia 54 times in his 145 ODIs.
  • He will continue to lead the country’s T20 side.
  • “It’s been a fantastic ride with incredible memories,” he says.

“I have been blessed by all the guys I have played with and the many people behind the scenes, and I have been really lucky to be a part of some outstanding one-day teams.

“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.”

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Finch’s retirement comes with the 35-year-old in a poor run of batting form in the one-day game.

He made a second ball duck in Australia’s 113-run victory over New Zealand on Thursday, the fifth time in 13 one-day innings this year that he has failed to score a run.

Despite his lack of runs, Finch took three catches and played his captaincy role with aplomb as the home side successfully defended a tally of 196.

“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,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley 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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