Emotions high ahead of Finch's final ODI

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There will be added emotion during the final ODI between Australia and New Zealand as Aaron Finch plays his 146th and final 50-over game for his country.

Finch told teammates of his retirement from ODI cricket following their series-clinching win over New Zealand on Thursday with Australia holding an unassailable 2-0 lead.

A World Cup winner, 54-cap skipper and master tactician, Finch departs 50-over cricket with 17 centuries.

He sits fourth behind Ricky Ponting, David Warner and Mark Waugh for the most ODI hundreds for Australia.

Finch said the time was right and came to his decision following their recent 2-1 series win over Zimbabwe.

But that didn't stop the emotions flowing when he told his squad.

"It was quite cool actually," Finch said with a glint in his eyes.

"Maxy (Glenn Maxwell) was in tears. It was quite funny.

"There was a lot of love I felt there, that was really cool.

"I don't usually get emotional. I maybe did slightly, but it was pretty cool."

His ODI average has taken a hit, struggling against Chevrons' left-arm paceman Richard Ngarava and more recently Trent Boult on difficult batting wickets in north Queensland.

Boult's swing and precision has torn through Australia's top order so far in the series with back-to-back four wicket hauls at Cazalys Stadium.

Black Caps' offspinner Mitchell Santner said Finch and his side will hungry for a strong performance on Sunday.

"No doubt he will come out tomorrow guns blazing and try to finish with a bang," Santner said.

"Obviously its a huge loss for them, he's done it for a long time, a power hitter.

"As a bowler, you don't mind seeing guys like that retire."