Richie Benaud, ‘The Voice of Cricket’ dies age 84

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THE Australian International Cricketer, and more famously Cricket Commentator has died at the age of 84 after a long battle against skin cancer.

In a career spanning seven decades Richie Benaud helped take Australia to the top of world cricket in the late 1950s and early 1960s after a slump in the early 1950s. In 1958 he became Australia’s Test captain until his retirement in 1964.

In his playing career, Benaud took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and made 11,719 first-class runs, scoring 23 centuries. However, it was as a commentator he will be most remembered.

His dry wit and dulcet tones dominated the cricket commentating world. The laid back and always complimentary approach to reporting is unlikely to ever be matched. One of his famous one liners being, “And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century,” will ensure that this man will go down in the annals of Cricket as a true gentleman of the game.

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