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‘Dignified leader, terrific statesman’ – Fans pour in their heart-warming tributes as Aaron Finch announces retirement from ODI Cricket

Aaron Finch has been going through a lean patch in ODI's recently.
Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch- Source (Twitter)

Aaron Finch is set to bid adieu to ODIs after the 3rd one-dayer against New Zealand gets over, Cricket Australia announced the same on Saturday. However, it is not all goodbye for him as he will continue to skipper the Australian men’s T20I side. Finch has played in 145 ODI’s and led in 54 ODIs as skipper.

Aaron Finch, who made his ODI debut in 2013, also happens to be a World Cup winner. His ODI stats make good reading as he has scored 5041 runs in the format including 17 hundreds and 30 fifties at an average of 39.13. Finch though, has been going through a torrid run of form with the bat in recent times.

Finch will continue in T20Is, and this could be the last stage of his international career when will attempt to defend a World 20-20 title on Australian soil later this year. Australia are the current 20-20 Champions as they got their maiden T20I title last year in the UAE.

“It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories,” Finch said. “I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of some brilliant one-day sides. Equally, I have been blessed by all those I have played with and the many people behind the scenes.

“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.”

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley added: “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.

“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.”

Australia would look for a new ODI skipper now that Finch has retired, Alex Carey appears to be the frontrunner for the post, and other choices for captaincy could be Steven Smith or David Warner.

Twitter was abuzz, let us take a look at the reactions here-



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