Aaron Finch eyes retirement after 2023 World Cup in India

Aaron Finch, the Australian limited overs skipper, has eyed the 2023 World Cup as his final assignment following which he will retire from international cricket.

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Aaron Finch eyes retirement after 2023 World Cup in India
Aaron Finch has said he is motivated to win the 2023 World Cup in India and end his international career with Australia on the ultimate high

The Australian cricket team are gearing up for three ODIs against England that will be played in September. The five-time World Cup champions were the last nation to play cricket when their three-match series against New Zealand was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Since then, the borders of both Australia and New Zealand have been sealed. While New Zealand has managed to contain the coronavirus despite the second outbreak while Australia has seen a spike with record number of cases in Victoria state, where Melbourne is situated.

However, the four-month pause for cricket due to the coronavirus pandemic has fueled the desire of Aaron Finch, the Australia limited overs skipper as he plans to end on a high during the 2023 World Cup that will be played in India.

Speaking to a radio station, Finch said, “My end date at this stage is the World Cup final of the 2023 World Cup in India.

That’s my goal and I’m sticking to it. That’ll see me through to 36 (years old), obviously with form and everything permitting, and injuries. If I thought I was going to be pushing it to get to that date, this break has confirmed that I`ll be ready to go right through to that period.”

Warner’s different route

Finch’s opening partner, David Warner, has also targeted to end his career in the 2023 World Cup in India but due to the coronavirus pandemic, Warner has admitted that family safety might force him into an early retirement. Finch admitted that he did miss cricket during the first month of the lockdown and was scared whether he had lost the motivation.

“Originally, that was alarm bells for me. (I thought) does this mean I’m coming to the end? And it was like that 32nd day (of no training) ticked over and I was like, ‘right, I’m itching to get back into it,” Finch said.

Finch led Australia to the semi-finals in England last year and was part of the Michael Clarke-captained side that won the 2015 World Cup on home soil. He is leading a squad of 21 to England next week for limited overs series in Southampton and Manchester starting Sept. 4, which will be Australia’s first international cricket since the pandemic cut the season short in March.

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