Benaud dies aged 84

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Published: Friday 10th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Richie Benaud, the beloved former Australia cricketer, journalist and broadcaster has died at the age of 84.

Benaud had been battling skin cancer and recovering from the after effects of a car accident suffered in 2013.

His long-term employer, Channel Nine posted on its Wide World of Sports Twitter feed: “The voice of cricket Richie Benaud has passed away at the age of 84. #RIPRichie and thank you for the memories.”

The news arm of Cricket Australia, www.cricket.com.au, wrote: “An Australian Test great who nurtured a generations’ love for the game with his commentary has passed away, aged 84

“After Don Bradman, there has been no Australian player more famous than Richie Benaud.”

Benaud will be remembered by millions for his measured, laconic brand of commentary and he was as revered in England, where he worked on television from 1963 to 2005, as he was in his homeland.

But he made his name in the game as a brilliant tactician and leg-spinning all-rounder.

He made 63 Test appearances in the Baggy Green of Australia, taking 248 wickets and scoring 2,201 runs in Tests.

He was the first Australian to reach the 200 wicket, 2000 run double and was also the country’s leading wicket-taker for close to 20 years before Dennis Lillee took the mantle.

Published: Friday 10th April 2015 by The News Editor

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