Ex-Aussie skipper calls quits on title-winning career

Aaron Finch has announced the BBL|13 season will be his last after spending his whole career with the Melbourne Renegades.

The former Australian white ball captain holds the club record for the most runs with 3311 and has made 106 appearances.

He will also finish as the BBL’s second biggest run-scorer, behind Chris Lynn on 3638.

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Finch captained the Renegades for 11 seasons and led them to a Big Bash title in BBL|08, defeating the side’s arch-rival Melbourne Stars.

In announcing his retirement, Finch described that victory as the highlight of his time in the competition. 

“There’ve been some real lows but great highs, and I’ve loved every bit of the journey,” he said.

“No moment can compare to winning the title. That for me was very special and something I’ll remember.

“I’m really proud to have played at the one club for the entirety of my career. The Renegades have been a huge part of my life and I’m so grateful for everything they’ve given me.

“To everyone who’s been part of the journey with me – our members, fans, supporters, my teammates and all who have had a part to play at the club at all levels – thank you.”

Renegades head coach David Saker described Finch as “an outstanding servant” of the club. 

“It’s such a rare feat in the Big Bash to spend your career at one club. Everything that’s been successful with the Renegades, Finchy has had everything to do with it,” he said.

“I first coached Finchy when he captained Victoria’s Under-19s and I’ve seen him develop as a leader and person.

“He’s a unique type of leader (who is) very tactically aware, while he bases a lot of his decisions on gut feel, and that’s a courageous thing to do out in the field.”

Finch hasn’t featured for the Renegades since he withdrew from the side’s Boxing Day clash with back soreness.

The Renegades are currently last in the competition.

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