There is no doubt Aaron Finch will go down as one of the best T20 players Australia has ever seen. He's Australia's only World Cup winning captain in the format and now it's all over.
It's been a massive few years for Finch who has seen his form drop from its peak in 2019 but while individual success has become more rare at the international level team success increased.
The World Cup in the UAE was a surprise for everyone but to follow that up with not even making the semi-finals at a home T20 World Cup was not good enough. However, Finch could have stayed on if he wanted to. But with the next World Cup in mid-2024, it was always going to be hard for the 36-year-old to make it that far down the road.
His retirement came with some good news though. He signed another two-year contract extension with the Melbourne Renegades taking him to the end of BBL14. And who knows if he's in great form come 2024 could we see a comeback? Stranger things have happened.
But for now, it's time to look back at five of the best knocks he produced at the T20I level. And with two of the highest scores of all time, there was no shortage of choices.
1. 156 from 63 v England 2013
T20 cricket was still a relatively new product when Aaron Finch burst onto the scene. It was just his seventh match when he produced one of the greatest knocks smashing the English all around the ground in his first T20I century and at the time a world-record knock.
2. 172 from 76 v Zimbabwe 2018
T20 scores don't really get higher than this. With 10 sixes and 16 fours, it was an immense knock where Finch scored a massive 75% of the runs against Zimbabwe. This knock still stands as the highest in T20I cricket and to be honest the only reason it's not number one is that it was against Zimbabwe.
3. 55 from 45 v Pakistan 2022
It seemed as if the Finch tale was coming to an end post the 2021 T20 World Cup victory and it wouldn't have been a bad place to leave it. But Finch was determined to keep going and with plenty of pressure on he managed a half-century in the only T20I against Pakistan against a strong bowling attack and leading his own inexperienced side.
4. 52 from 36 v Pakistan 2019
This was the height of Finch as Australian T20 captain and boy did he show it that night against Pakistan. Chasing just s small total he smashed the ball to all parts to bring up his half-century off 36 balls and complete a 10-wicket victory against Pakistan at home.
5. 74 from 48 v India 2016
Nothing seems to bring Australian fans more joy at the moment than standing up to India in the big moments. Finch did precisely that almost getting Australia to a win in the second T20I while chasing 184. 74 from 48 with eight boundaries was a massive effort against Bumrah, Jadeja and co.
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