The World Cup is only a few weeks away. However, the biggest event in international cricket will be played elsewhere in the coming weeks – when ODI captain Finch announces his retirement on Thursday. On Tuesday, the Australian player indicated that he will no longer play One-Day Internationals (ODIs). In doing so, he has left the game without its best batsman. The player’s decision to retire comes after a prolonged battle with stress and anxiety. 

Although Finch has never been a prolific run scorer, he was an integral part of Australia’s ODI success over the past decade or so. His team’s record against other nations during his tenure as captain reads: won 28 games, lost 22, and drew 14. In addition to his domestic triumphs with Sydney Thunder, Finch’s achievements at the international level have been equally impressive. 

He led Australia to World Cup glory in 2015 – their first appearance since 2007. However, it was not only his batting that was key to that success; instead, it was his captaincy as well as vice versa. As we shall see later in this article, many cricketers have cited him as an example for younger players considering how they could lead their team and win matches at similar levels of cricket.

 

The son of a cricketing legend

Finch is the only Australian to captain Australia in both Test and ODI formats. He is also the first Australian cricketer to hit a century in each of the two formats. He began his international career in 2007 and has gone on to become one of the finest all-rounders in the game. 

As a batsman, Finch was know for his elegance and temperament. He was an excellent accumulator of runs, especially in the ODI format, where runs are difficult to come by. In addition to his domestic triumphs with Sydney Thunder, Finch’s achievements at the international level have been equally impressive. 

He led Australia to World Cup glory in 2015 – their first appearance since 2007. However, it was not only his batting that was key to that success; instead, it was his captaincy as well as vice versa. 

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As we shall see later in this article, many cricketers have cited him as an example for younger players considering how they could lead their team and win matches at similar levels of cricket. In addition, Finch is admire for his off-field persona. He is the son of a former cricketer, who is widely regard as one of the best players of all time.

 

Finch is the second most successful Australian captain in ODIs

The legend of Australian cricket has long build on success in the limited-over format. At a time when most nations’ participation in ODIs was limit to only a few tournaments per year, Australia dominated the international scene. For a large chunk of the 2000s, Australia did not lose a single ODI series in the extended Asia-Pacific Cricket Conference (APCC) region.

In addition to their victories, Australia also scored series victories in all cricketing formats, which reflects their dominance over the sport. Finch’s team, which included some of the game’s best batsmen, also included some fine bowlers. This combination helped them to become the second most successful team in ODI history.

 

Finch’s influence on other players is immense

This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of Finch’s career. He was a fine all-round player, but he excelled as a leader. This is sometimes overlook by those who do not appreciate the value of captaincy in the modern game. Finch’s influence on other players was immense, and it is something that is often celebrate by those who experience it. Those in the Australian team, as well as those who played for other teams, often cite his example. 

This is especially true for younger players considering how they could lead their team and win matches at similar levels of cricket. He was describe as an easy-going leader, who did not make much of an example of others. Everyone was expect to do their job, regardless of their standing in the team. This type of leadership may have important in a team sport like cricket, but it is also high value by others.