Former Australian captain and cricket commentator Richie Benaud dies

  • Australian cricketing legend Richie Benaud, who captained his country and went on to become one of the world’s most admired cricket commentators, has died aged 84.

    A formidable leg-spinner, he played in 63 Tests of which 28 were as captain.

    He took 945 wickets and scored 11,719 runs in first-class cricket, and was the first person to achieve the feat of 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Test cricket.

    In 1964, Benaud retired from cricket to pursue a long and distinguished second innings as a broadcaster and cricket journalist in England and Australia

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