Finch targets retirement after 2023 World Cup final
Aaron Finch has set a goal with a lot of thought during the long break of coronavirus. Australia’s ODI and T20 captain wants to bid farewell to the national team with the 2023 World Cup final on Indian soil.
Finch thinks an unexpected five-month break has refreshed him. This time he has reconsidered his international career. The 33-year-old opener expressed his thoughts about retiring to an Australian radio station on Wednesday.
“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,”
Finch told SEN Radio. “That’s what I had my mind set on a fair way out but I think this period has just confirmed it. That will see me through to 36, obviously with form and injury permitting.
“But I think having this break, as difficult as it’s been for so many people, I think for athletes – especially ones that are travelling non-stop and playing 10 or 11 months of the year, it’s been that mental freshen up that people needed that haven’t had the opportunity to do so.
“If I thought that I was going to be pushing it to get to that date, this break’s definitely confirmed that I’ll be ready to go right through to that period.”
Melbourne authorities are battling a second wave of coronavirus. Finch is currently on lockdown there. He said he did not miss cricket in his first month in isolation.
“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 was a member of the 2015 World Cup winning team led by Michael Clarke on home soil. Under his leadership, Australia played in the semi-finals of the last World Cup in England.
This time Finch wants to be a part of three World Cups in the next three years. A few days ago, he said that he is planning to win the title in these three events.
Australia will return to international cricket after a limited-overs series in England next month.