Cricket Legend Benaud Dies

Cricket legend Benaud dies

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.
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.
But he perhaps became best known as a commentator, enjoying a long association with the BBC following his first radio appearance for the corporation in 1960.
Tributes have been pouring in from around the world following the news of Benaud’s death.
Shane Warne, Australia’s record wicket-taker, made a particularly heartfelt contribution.
“Dear Richie, you were a legend on all levels and rightly so too,” said Warne. “As a cricketer, commentator and as a person, you were the best there’s ever been and, to top it off, an absolute gentleman.”


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