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Not just yet: Finch on international retirement

Last updated on 06 Nov 2022 | 03:47 PM
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Not just yet: Finch on international retirement

Australia's T20I captain had retired from ODIs in September and refused to comment on his future after their World Cup exit

Australia's T20I captain Aaron Finch said that he will not be retiring after the defending champions' early exit from the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Finch, who retired from ODIs in September, managed to score 107 runs from three matches, including a fifty against Ireland and sat out Australia's final Super 12 match against Afghanistan due to a hamstring injury. 

The hosts lost their opening match to New Zealand by 89 runs which battered their Net Run Rate and then suffered another setback after their match against England was washed out. They managed win against Sri Lanka, Ireland and Afghanistan, their NRR stayed in negative. They needed Sri Lanka to beat England in their final Super 12 in order to progress. England won the match by five wickets on Saturday to join already-qualified New Zealand in the semis.

Finch, who hasn't been in Test contention for Australia, said he looking ahead to the Big Bash League (BBL) with Melbourne Renegades, who begin their 2022-23 campaign on December 15.

"No, I'm not going to retire. Not just yet. I'll play Big Bash and see where we sit after that, but I'm still enjoying playing cricket, playing T20," Finch told Australian media outlet Seven on Sunday.

Australia don't have any T20Is scheduled until August next year when they tour South Africa. Finch said that he has plenty of time to think of his international future.

"There's not another international T20 until August, so there's quite a long break. Still plenty of time to be able to weigh all that up. It's been a pretty good ride regardless of what happens," the 35-year old said.

Australia head coach Andrew McDonald said that the BBL will make things clear about Finch's future with the national team.

"I think the Big Bash will probably determine his future - how he goes there, his performances, how his body is holding up.His body has failed him here in terms of a hamstring strain that put him out of the World Cup...the next game is not until August next year so that gives him a lot of time to repair if he is willing to go on," McDonald said.

"If not, then I am sure that over the next couple of weeks he will have a think about that and call it a little bit similarly to what he did in the one-day international scene," he added.

McDonald felt that there were no excuses for his team for their early exit and hinted at changes in personnel going forward.

"We have only got ourselves to really blame. We will go through what that looks like in terms of building towards the next World Cup. There will be some natural turnover because of the gap and space and also the age profile of the team. So there will be some people that get some opportunities, albeit next August when we play T20 again," he said.

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