As the third and final ODI between Australia and New Zealand kicked off, Kiwi captain Kane Williamson once again proved his class as he and his team gave the Aussie skipper Aaron Finch a ‘guard of honour’ as the right-handed batter came out to play his final ODI.
On Saturday, Finch announced that he will be hanging his boots from 50-over cricket after the third ODI against New Zealand. After noticing the guard of honour, Finch walked upto Kane Williamson and thanked him for the gesture. The video of this moment was posted by the official Cricket Australia Twitter account.
The post was captioned, "Classy stuff from the Black Caps as Aaron Finch makes his way to the middle."
The Colac-born has played 145 ODI matches and led the Aussies in 54 games. Finch made his ODI debut in 2013 and has amassed a total of 5041 runs with 17 centuries and 30 fifties at an average of 39.13. In his 50-over career, the 35-year-old played a key role in Australia's 2015 ICC World Cup winning campaign.
Addressing his retirement, Finch talked about how he has been blessed in the journey so far. He also wished the best of luck for next year’s 50-over World Cup in India. "It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories," Finch said. "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", he further added.