Aaron Finch has retired from international cricket in a decision which leaves Australia searching for a new Twenty20 captain.
Finch announced his international T20 retirement on Tuesday, having already quit from the 50-over format in September last year.
“The time is right to let the T20 team move on into a new phase, particularly with a World Cup coming up in 2024,” Finch told reporters.
“It has been a pretty amazing journey.”
The 36-year-old retires having led Australia to a T20 World Cup victory in 2021 but failing to defend the title in last year’s tournament on home soil
He’s nominated either Travis Head or Ashton Turner as likely captaincy candidates, but neither of those players were in last year’s world cup squad.
However, they’ve both been successful in the Big Bash League, leading their teams to titles.
Batsman Steve Smith was also put forward by Finch, but said current Test and One Day captain Pat Cummins, was unlikely to add to his burden by taking on the role.
“Obviously Steve Smith has done it before and done a great job, Pat Cummins, I doubt whether he would want to do it with such a big workload.
Finch retires as one of Australia’s premier short-form batsmen, playing 103 T20 internationals – 73 of them as captain – making 3120 runs at an average of 34.28.