The Australian captain Finch will play the last match in the format against New Zealand.
Aaron Finch announced his retirement from ODIs after the penultimate match of the series against New Zealand in Cairns on Sunday. He will captain the T20 team in the World Cup next month.
“It’s been a great ride with some incredible memories,” Finch said. “I have been extremely fortunate to have been with some brilliant ODI teams. Equally, I have been blessed by the many people I have played with and behind.
“Now is the time for a new leader to prepare for the World Cup and give victory. I am very thankful to those who have been a part of my journey and those who have supported me.”
The brilliant Froome Finch has been out of form in 50-over cricket this year, scoring just 169 runs at 13, with five wickets in his last 12 innings including two days ago in Cairns. 26 in his last seven innings.
He had long set his sights on India for the ODI World Cup 2023 swansong, but said on Sunday that he began thinking about the decision ahead of the Zimbabwe series in Townsville and realized that next year’s tournament was out of hand. Although his recent knee problems are not causing major problems.
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After Australia won the trophy for the first time last year, he now wants to focus on defending the T20 title on home soil. He wants to play the final phase of his international career.
“I could have thought about playing the series against England, and it would have been a fairytale ending at the MCG, but it’s not my style to be spontaneous in any way,” he said. “So it’s important that whoever takes over the captaincy and starts batting, takes the team forward and has a chance to win the 2023 World Cup. I’m very relaxed and confident that I’m never in a position to do that. Far, far away, just my body. Along with the form.”
Australia have eight T20s (warm-up matches against India) before Finch begins their T20 World Cup campaign against New Zealand at the SCG on October 22.
“I think my T20 form has been remarkable for a while now, [it’s] a completely different format, but I’m really comfortable that I can still keep playing well, not getting so many runs in this format,” Finch said. “I don’t know what the difference is, maybe a bit of intent, taking risks you can play T20 cricket.”
Finch confirmed that he was contracted to the Melbourne Renegades for the BBL season after the T20 World Cup. After that competition he needed to evaluate his career. A growing T20 franchise provides Finch with plenty of potential options in the domestic scene.
Test captain Pat Cummins had earlier hinted at the arrival of another leadership. He is occasionally rested in limited overs cricket.