Aaron Finch Retirement: Australian cricket fraternity reacts to Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODIs

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Aaron Finch Retirement: Australian cricket fraternity reacts to Aaron Finch's retirement from ODIs
Aaron Finch Retirement: Australian cricket fraternity reacts to Aaron Finch's retirement from ODIs

Aaron Finch Retirement: Australian cricket fraternity reacts to Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODIs

Aaron Finch Retirement: The Australian cricket fraternity took to social media to congratulate Australian opener and white-ball skipper Aaron Finch after he announced his retirement from the One Day International (ODI) format of the game.

The final one-day international match that Australia skipper Aaron Finch will play in will be on Sunday against New Zealand. 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 will retire from one-day cricket after tomorrow’s third and final Dettol ODI vs New Zealand, with focus shifting to leading Australia at the #T20WorldCup,” tweeted Cricket Australia.

“Aaron Finch will call time on his outstanding ODI career after tomorrow’s match 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 for a great ODI career.

“Congrats @aaronfinch5 on a stellar ODI career,” said Smith on his Instagram story.

Star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took to Instagram to congratulate Finch on his retirement from ODIs.

 

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“Congrats to this bloke on an amazing ODI career!! 17 tons in only 145 games, WC winner, captained for over a third of your career, unlimited double teapots, countless blow ups with me, 136000 bubbles blown while batting. Enjoy retirement my dear friend,” said Maxwell in a post.

Veteran opener David Warner, with whom he formed a highly successful opening duo in ODI cricket, also took to Instagram to bid farewell to his batting partner from ODI cricket.

“We are not completely done just yet but, well done on an unbelievable ODI career mate. I have loved every minute of being your partner up the other end. From under 15s to now, it’s been a dream come true! You can now put the feet up and enjoy the family time. Thank you for all the memories on and off the field. Sorry I can’t be there tomorrow but I had a sneaky suspicion the other day it would be our last. Looking forward to being by your side in the T20s legend. Love you brother @aaronfinch5,” said Warner in a post.

 

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Finch and Warner are a very productive opening pair, scoring 3,788 runs together in 80 innings for an average of 47.94. Twelve centuries and fourteen fifty-run stands have involved them. Also their 258-run top partnership is between them.

Sharing a video posted by cricket.com.au, all-rounder Cameron Green also paid tribute to his senior player, saying in his story, “Legend. @aaronfinch5.”

Finch will continue to lead Australia in this year’s T20 World Cup even though he won’t be a member of the team for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Leading up to his retirement, Finch was in terrible form in ODIs, scoring just 169 runs at an average of 13.1 in 13 ODIs this year. He only achieved a fifty-run milestone in an ODI this year once, with a best of 62.

Finch, who made his ODI debut in 2013, leaves the format with 145 games of 50-over play, in which he amassed 5,401 runs at an average of 39.13. In this format, he has 17 centuries and also 30 half-centuries for Australia, with a top score of 153*.

In ODI cricket, he has scored four hundreds for Australia, also trailing only the legendary Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh (18 each) (29).

Finch was also a member of the Australian team that triumphed at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

He put on some impressive performances in that competition, scoring 280 runs at an average of 35.00 in eight matches. In the competition, he recorded a century and also a half, with his best mark coming in at 135.