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Finch hits final boundary, retires

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Australia’s T20 skipper Aaron Finch has officially called it quits on his international cricket career, capping off a spectacular run of over 8,000 runs in all formats.

The power-packed opening batsman and limited-overs specialist put down his bat for good, having already retired from the ODI team back in September. After Australia’s World Cup dreams were dashed before the semis, Finch took some time to reflect on his T20 future over the summer.

Despite his standout performance in the domestic Big Bash League, where he racked up a whopping 428 runs with a 38.9 average, helping the Melbourne Renegades make their first finals appearance in three years, Finch decided it was time to hang up his boots.

In a statement, the 36-year-old expressed, “Being a part of the Australian team for 12 years and playing alongside and against some of the greatest players to ever grace the game is a privilege I will always cherish. The pinnacle of team success, the T20 World Cup win in 2021 and hoisting the ODI World Cup on home soil in 2015, are the two highlights I’ll always hold dear.”

Finch leaves behind a legacy of 5,406 ODI runs at a 38.89 average and 3,120 T20 runs at a 34.28 average. He also made history as the captain who led Australia to their first T20 World Cup victory in the United Arab Emirates in 2021. And, as a member of the Michael Clarke-captained team, he savored World Cup glory on home soil in 2015.

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