Aaron Finch, Australia’s limited overs captain, has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket after Australia’s ongoing series against New Zealand.

Cricket Australia confirmed the news on their website, meaning Finch will not lead the side at next year’s 50-over World Cup. He will, however, still be the captain of the T20 side which will look to defend its crown in a month’s time. 

“It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories,” Finch said in a statement.

“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.”

Aaron Finch announcing his retirement does not come as much of a shock with the opener going through another barren run phase.

The Victorian, who has captained Australia 54 times in his 145 one-day matches, made a second ball duck in Australia’s second ODI again New Zealand, the fifth time in 13 one-day innings this year that he has failed to score a run.

“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,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said.

“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.

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