Veteran Australia batter and limited-overs captain Aaron Finch decided to take retirement from the One Day Internationals on Saturday.
According to Finch he wouldn’t have made it to the side for the 50-over World Cup in India next year as his form and left shoulder injuries had been giving him trouble for quite some time.
Finch’s poor form, which has plagued him since much before the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE last year, continued in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand currently underway, with the 35-year-old opening batter getting dismissed in bizarre fashion for a duck in the second match at Cairns on September 8.
With more than a year still to go for the ODI World Cup in India, Finch said the time was right for him to call it a day from the 50-over format.
“Being a bit over 12 months out from the 50-over World Cup (in India), I thought the timing was right now,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au in Cairns, ahead of his final ODI assignment — the third games of the series against the Kiwis.
“It’s important that whoever takes over the captaincy from now, whoever opens the batting from now is given the best opportunity to take the team forward and win the World Cup in 2023. I’m very comfortable and very confident that I wouldn’t have made it that far,” he added.