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Aaron Finch retires from one-day internationals after Australia wins series against New Zealand

Australia beat New Zealand by 25 runs in captain Aaron Finch final game of the format to win the one-day international series 3-0. Finch, who was given a guard of honor by the New Zealand players, scored just five runs in his final ODI innings.

He announced his retirement from ODIs on Saturday but will remain Australia’s Twenty20 captain.

Australia batted 5-267, with Steve Smith scoring 105 off 131 balls.

Smith came in at number three and overcame some testing pace from Trent Boult and Tim Southee before bursting into pace, his second 50 off just 46 balls and his 12th ODI century.

Aaron Finch retires from one-day internationals after Australia wins series against New Zealand

He was supported by Marence Lebuschagne who scored 52 runs while Alex Carey scored an unbeaten 42 runs.

In reply, New Zealand started with a positive opening stand of 49 between Dion Conway and Finn Allen, but they slipped to 112-5 and struggled to recover.

Glenn Phillips and Jimmy Neesham led the counter-attack with 47 and 36 respectively and Mitchell Santner scored 30 to bring the equation to 46 off 30 balls.

But when Phillips was dismissed by Mitchell Starc, the remaining wickets fell quickly as New Zealand were all out for 242 from 224-7, with Starc taking 3-60.

“It’s been a fun ride, I’ve loved every bit of it,” Finch said.

“Having a beer in the changing room with my teammates after a game or a series win is what I’ll miss the most, but we’ll definitely enjoy tonight.”

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