Melbourne [Australia]September 10 (ANI): The Australian Cricket Association took to social media to congratulate Australian opener and white ball skipper Aaron Finch after announcing his retirement from the One Day International (ODI) format of the game.
Australian captain Aaron Finch will retire from one-day international cricket, with Sunday’s ODI against New Zealand being his last in the format.
Cricket Australia took to Twitter to call him a “true champion of the white ball game”. “A true champion of the white ball game. Aaron Finch retires from one-day cricket after tomorrow’s third and final Dettol ODI vs New Zealand , with the focus shifting to leading Australia in the T20WorldCup,” tweeted Cricket Australia.
“Aaron Finch will be calling on his outstanding ODI career after tomorrow’s game against New Zealand. One of Australia’s best ever,” said a tweet from his Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegades.
Former Australian captain Steve Smith took to Instagram to congratulate his teammate on an amazing ODI career.
“Congratulations @aaronfinch5 on a great ODI career,” Smith said on his Instagram story.
Star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took to Instagram to congratulate Finch on his retirement from ODIs.
“Congratulations on this amazing ODI career!! 17 tons in just 145 games, World Cup winner, captain over a third of your career, unlimited double teapots, countless blowups with me, 136000 bubbles blown while hitting. Enjoy your retirement my dear friend,” Maxwell said in a message.
Veteran opener David Warner, with whom he formed a very successful opening duo in ODI cricket, also took to Instagram to say goodbye to his batting partner from ODI cricket.
“We’re not quite done yet, but well done to an incredible ODI career partner. I’ve loved every minute of being your partner on the other side. From under 15 to now it’s a dream come true! You can now feet up and enjoy the family time. Thanks for all the memories on and off the pitch. Sorry I can’t be there tomorrow, but I had a sneaking suspicion it would be our last. Looking forward to joining you his side in the T20s legend I love you brother @aaronfinch5,” Warner said in a message.
Finch and Warner are a very successful opening duo with 3,788 partnership runs in 80 innings with an average of 47.94. They have been involved in 12th-century and 14 fifty-run stands. Their highest partnership is of 258 runs.
Allrounder Cameron Green shared a video posted by cricket.com.au and also paid tribute to his senior player, saying in his story: “Legend. @aaronfinch5.” While Finch will not be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Australia 2023 squad, Finch will remain captain of the side in this year’s T20 World Cup.
Leading up to his retirement, Finch was in terrible shape in ODIs, averaging just 169 runs in 13 ODIs this year at a 1pm average. He only crossed the 50-run mark once this year in ODI with a best-of-62.
After making his ODI debut in 2013, Finch exits the format with 145 match experience in the 50-over format, scoring 5,401 runs at an average of 39.13. He scored 17 Centuries and 30 Half Centuries for Aussies in this format, with his best score of 153.
He has the fourth-highest number of centuries in ODI cricket for Australia, behind Mark Waugh and David Warner (18 each) and the legendary Ricky Ponting (29).
Finch was also part of the Australian team that won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.
He put in some solid performances in that tournament, scoring 280 runs in eight games at an average of 35.00. He scored a century and a half in that tournament with the best score of 135. (ANI)