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Richie Benaud: Australia cricket legend & commentator dies at 84

Former Australia captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died at the age of 84.


A pioneering leg-spin bowler, Benaud played in 63 Tests, 28 as captain, before retiring in 1964 to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting.


His final commentary in England came during the 2005 Ashes series but he continued to work for Channel Nine in Australia until 2013.


In November, he revealed he was being treated for skin cancer.


Some famous Benaud one-liners:

"Morning everyone"


"It's gone into the confectionery stall and out again"


"And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just ninety-eight runs short of his century"


Benaud took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and made 11,719 first-class runs, scoring 23 centuries at an average of 36.50.


He was the first man to achieve 2,000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level.


He was also a highly regarded tactician and never lost a Test series as Australia captain, winning five and drawing two.


After such an impressive playing career, he became even better known as a prolific author, columnist and commentator on cricket.


Richie Benaud's appearance was affectionately parodied at Australian grounds


Following the 1956 Ashes tour in England, he completed a BBC training course while still a player, marking the beginning of 40-year association with the corporation.


His first BBC radio commentary came in 1960, followed by his first television appearance three years later.


With his mellifluous, light delivery, enthusiastically imitated by comedians and cricket fans alike, Benaud also became the lead commentator on Australian television's Channel Nine from 1977.


At the age of 83, he crushed two vertebrae when his 1963 Sunbeam vintage sports car hit a brick wall near to his Coogee home in Sydney.


Richie Benaud milestones:

January 1952: Test debut against West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground


January 1952: First of 248 Test wickets and 2,201 Test runs


December 1958: First Test as Australia captain, v England at Brisbane


Summer 1960: First radio commentary for BBC


December 1963: In his 60th Test, the first to 2,000 Test runs & 200 wickets


Summer 1963: First television commentary for BBC


February 1964: Final Test against South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground


September 2005: Final commentary in England after 42 years


Benaud often spoke of a return to commentary, but, to the great sadness of his legions of admirers, it did not materialise.


Benaud, who was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 for services to cricket. leaves a wife of 48 years, Daphne, and two children from his first marriage.



Sad news.

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Such a icon both sides of the world.


I was at the 4th test against India at the SCG in January, he was supposed to make his return to commentary on the 1st day but had to pull out due to his health. The number of people dressed in cream suits with dodgey toupees and oversized channel 9 microphones was amazing.


Such a professional and probably one of the most iconic voices in the Commonwealth, he will be missed.

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Just seen this thread although watched all his tributes he was an icon and legend in his sport and is held in great ex team around the world. A true gent will never be another RIP mate, thanks for the memories.
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