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Aaron Finch targets retirement after the 2023 World Cup

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The coronavirus-forced break has helped Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch plans to call curtains to his career after the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Finch steered Aussies to the semi-final of the last year’s quadrennial affair where they lost to ultimate champions England.

“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,” SEN Radio quoted Finch as saying.

“That’s what I had my mindset 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,” he added.

Finch has three World Cups on the plate if the whole thing goes as premeditated. He will feature in the 2021 T20 World Cup in India and then he will play in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

The 33-year-old right-handed batsman said the five-month-long forced break has rejuvenated him and he now desires to lead Australia in next three major ICC events — the T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 followed by the ODI World Cup in 2023.

Initially, Australia was booked to host the Men’s T20 World Cup this year but it was postponed until next year because of the novel coronavirus pandemic by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“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,” Finch said.

Finch has to date featured in 126 ODIs and scored 4882 runs at an average of 41.02. He has scored 16 centuries and 26 fifties in the ODI format.

In the T20Is, the 33-year-old has played 61 games and gathered 1989 runs counting two centuries and 12 half-centuries.

Finch will be leading Australia in three T20Is and three ODIs against England, starting from September 4. The T20Is will be played at the Ageas Bowl while the ODIs will take place at Old Trafford.