Former Australia Cricket Captain Richie Benaud Dies At 84

10 April, Melbourne

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

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