Wednesday, 5 October, 2022

Australia’s Finch ends ODI career with win

Australia’s Finch ends ODI career with win

A Steve Smith century helped give retiring Australia skipper Aaron Finch a winning send-off Sunday with a 25-run victory in the final one-day international against New Zealand at Cairns.

Chasing the home team's 267-5, built on the back of Smith's masterful 105, the Blacks Caps were all out for 242 in the last over with Mitchell Starc taking 3-60.

It capped a disappointing Chappell-Hadlee series for the visitors. Australia won the opening game by two wickets before a 113-run thrashing of the Black Caps in the second.

"For us to get to 260 after probably our slowest start ever was just amazing," said Finch, who was out for five in his 146th and last ODI. "Our bowling has been good, everyone has contributed.

"Been a fun ride, I've loved every bit of it," he added of his ODI career.

New Zealand started the chase confidently, racing to 49 before Sean Abbott temped Devon Conway (21) into a drive that Smith caught.

Some unplayable bowling starved New Zealand of runs with Alex Carey stumping Tom Latham for 10 off Adam Zampa's spin and Smith taking a comfortable catch to remove Daryl Mitchell (16) off Hazlewood.

When skipper Kane Williamson was run out for 27 after a comical mix up with Glenn Phillips they were in trouble at 112-5.

Phillip's departure for 47 then Santner for 30 in the space of six balls, both caught near the boundary, ended any chance they had.

 Finch was given a guard of honour as he strode to the crease.

He survived a big shout for lbw on one but didn't last long, bowled by Tim Southee as he attempted a drive from the 13th ball he faced, walking off to a standing ovation. It ended a career in which he made 5,406 runs at 38.89.