Australian cricket captain-turned-commentator Richie Benaud dies at 84April 10, 2015
Australian cricket legend and commentator Richie Benaud has died in his battle with skin cancer; he was 84 years old. Benaud was a prominent spin bowler, and played 63 Tests for the Aussies, 28 of them as the captain; Australia never lost a game under his captaincy. He also became the first to achieve 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets at the Test level. After retiring in 1964, he took up a broadcasting career, offering commentary for the BBC and Australia’s Nine Network. In 2013, Benaud crushed his vertebrae in a car accident, and his career ended at that point as he never did fully recover. Australia’s government has offered a state funeral for Benaud.
(Image source: Nine Network)
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