Richie Benaud

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Richie Benaud
Personal information
Full name Richard Benaud
Born (1930-10-06)6 October 1930
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Died 10 April 2015(2015-04-10) (aged 84)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Richie
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg spin
Role All-rounder, commentator
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 190) 25 January 1952 v West Indies
Last Test 12 February 1964 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1948–1964 New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 63 259
Runs scored 2201 11719
Batting average 24.45 36.50
100s/50s 3/9 23/61
Top score 122 187
Balls bowled 19108 60481
Wickets 248 945
Bowling average 27.03 24.73
5 wickets in innings 16 56
10 wickets in match 1 9
Best bowling 7/72 7/18
Catches/stumpings 65/– 254/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 December 2007

Richard "Richie" Benaud OBE (/ˈbɛn/; 6 October 1930 – 10 April 2015) was an Australian cricketer. After his retirement from international cricket in 1964, he became a well-known commentator on the game.

Early life[change | change source]

Benaud was born in Penrith, New South Wales. His parents were of French descent. He was raised in Sydney. Benaud studied at Parramatta High School.

Career[change | change source]

Benaud was a Test cricket all-rounder. Along with fellow bowling all-rounder Alan Davidson, he helped Australia to be at 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.

Illness and death[change | change source]

In November 2014, Benaud announced that he was diagnosed with skin cancer, aged 84.[1] He died in his sleep on 10 April 2015 in Sydney.[2][3] Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott offered a state funeral for Benaud, but his family rejected the offer.[4]

Books[change | change source]

  • The Way of Cricket (1961)
  • A Tale of Two Tests (1962)
  • Spin Me a Spinner (1963)
  • The New Champions (1966)
  • Willow Patterns (1969)
  • Test Cricket (1982)
  • World Series Cup Cricket 1981–82 (1982)
  • The Hottest Summer (1983)
  • The Ashes 1982–83 (1983)
  • Benaud on reflection (1984)
  • The Appeal of Cricket (1995)
  • Anything But (1998)
  • My Spin on Cricket (2005)
  • Over But Not Out (2010)

References[change | change source]

  1. Richie Benaud diagnosed with cancer, ninemsn, 10 November 2014
  2. Cricket great Richie Benaud dies
  3. Richie Benaud Obituary, ABC News Australia, 10 April, 2015
  4. "Australia offers state funeral for Richie Benaud". BBC News. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

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