Aaron Finch's sad announcement days after World Cup triumph

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Aaron Finch, pictured here after helping Australia win the T20 World Cup.
Aaron Finch is keen to spend more time with his family. Image: Getty

Aaron Finch has announced he is stepping down as captain of the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL in order to spend more time with his young family.

After nine seasons as skipper of the Renegades, Finch has handed over the reins to new recruit Nic Maddinson as the team seeks a return to title contention this summer.

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The succession plan was decided in consultation with new Renegades coach David Saker before Finch helped steer Australia to T20 World Cup glory in the UAE.

The 35-year-old Finch led the Renegades to their maiden BBL title in the 2018-19 season.

However he said he feels the time is right to pass the baton to former Melbourne Stars batter Maddinson with an eye on being able to spend more time with his family.

"Having a young family and captaining every game that you play around the world ... it does take its toll and probably doesn't allow you enough time to be able to work on your own game as much as you would like," Finch said on Thursday.

"In the Big Bash, we've got a really young squad at the Renegades.

"To have the opportunity just to work a bit closer as a player and not have your focus taken away from helping them out as much as you can with meetings and strategy meetings.

"It will be really important and hopefully I can be a really important part of the transition with Maddo."

Maddinson plays first-class cricket with Finch with Victoria and has signed a three-year deal with the Renegades.

The 29-year-old will be supported by senior players Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson and Finch, who is still contracted to the Renegades for the next two seasons.

"I wouldn't like to leave the Renegades (in a bad position)," Finch said.

"Say if I play for two more years and captain right to the end of that and there's been no real succession plan, then that would be a bit unfair.

"Hopefully I can still have an impact with Maddo if need be."

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The Renegades have finished last in both seasons since their breakthrough title.

But Maddinson, who described the captaincy as "a huge honour and a challenge", expects a revitalised squad to challenge for silverware under Saker this summer.

"It's a great group of players with some young guys mixed in with experienced players," Maddinson said.

"I just want to encourage our players to be themselves and we'll aim to create a style of play that's entertaining to watch.

"We need to aim high and aim for the top."

Aaron Finch, pictured here in his role as captain of the Melbourne Renegades.
Aaron Finch has stepped down as captain of the Melbourne Renegades. (Photo by Kelly Defina - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Saker has also returned on a two-year contract, having previously coached the Renegades in the 2015-16 season.

Finch's decision to step down as Renegades captain comes just days after he helped Australia secure their first T20 World Cup title after 14 years of trying.

"There's been so much talk about this being the one that's been elusive to Australia," Finch said after victory over New Zealand in Monday morning's final.

"We've probably underperformed in the past, if we're being honest with ourselves.

"We've had some great teams along the way.

"This team is pretty special ... the camaraderie, the way everyone really cares for each other and looks after each other."

with AAP

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