SYDNEY: Australian cricket legend cricketer cum commentator Richie Benaud has died at the age of 84 due to skin cancer.
The great leg spinner played 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 was diagnosed with a deadly disease skin cancer which was the cause of the death.
A few famous Benaud’s comments:
“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.
Benaud was also a highly regarded tactician as he had never lost a Test series for Australia as skipper captain, winning five and drawing two.
His first BBC radio commentary came in 1960, followed by his first television appearance three years later.
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.