Australia’s longest-serving captain in the shortest form of the game, veteran batter Aaron Finch, announced his retirement from international competition on Tuesday. Finch has announced his retirement from T20 international matches after resigning as the Australian team’s ODI captain last year. Finch guided Australia to its first ICC World T20 title in 2021.

Finch will continue to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, where he has helped Australia earn the most wins in T20I cricket ever (BBL). Finch’s position in the Australian squad came under pressure when the Men from Down were unable to successfully defend their T20 World Cup title at home in 2022. Australia, which hosted the T20 World Cup last year, was unable to make it through the group round.

“Realizing that I won’t be playing till the next T20 World Cup, I should step down now to give the team time to be ready. The event will take place in 2024. I would want to thank my family, especially my wife Amy, my teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for allowing me to play the game I love at the highest level. Additionally, I’d want to thank all of my supporters for their encouragement during my worldwide career.” Finch tacked on in a statement.

Finch, one of the top batsmen in T20 cricket, made his international debut for Australia in 2011 against England. Finch amassed 8,804 runs throughout his long international career. The seasoned batsman has 17 ODI and two T20I hundreds to his name for Australia. In his last international match, Australia defeated Ireland by a score of 42 runs, with Finch leading the way with a superb 63-run effort.

“The first T20 World Cup victory in 2021 and winning the ODI World Cup on home soil in 2015 will be the two memories I love the most since team success is what you play the game for. Over the last 12 years, playing as an Australian player against some of the greatest players in history has been a great honor “Finch said afterward.

The seasoned batsman defeated Zimbabwe in 2018 and scored 172 runs in only 76 balls, setting a T20I record. Finch had just surpassed his record for the highest T20I score. Finch also has the third-highest score among T20I players. To accomplish the remarkable accomplishment in 2013, the Australian opener hit a brilliant knock of 156 off 63 balls against England in Southampton. The 36-year-old played 146 ODIs, 103 T20Is, and five Tests for Australia.