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Richie Benaud
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Personal information
Full name Richard Benaud
Born 6 October 1930(1930-10-06)
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Died April 10, 2015(2015-04-10) (aged 84)
Sydney, New South Wales
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 (6 October 1930 - 10 April 2015) was a former Australian cricketer who, since his retirement from international cricket in 1964, had become a highly regarded commentator on the game.

Benaud was a Test cricket all-rounder, blending thoughtful leg spin bowling with lower-order batting aggression. Along with fellow bowling all-rounder Alan Davidson, he helped restore Australia to 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.

Gideon Haigh described him as "... perhaps the most influential cricketer and cricket personality since the Second World War." In his review of Benaud's autobiography Anything But, Sri Lankan cricket writer Harold de Andrado wrote: "Richie Benaud possibly next to Sir Don Bradman has been one of the greatest cricketing personalities as player, researcher, writer, critic, author, organiser, adviser and student of the game."

Personal life and death

Benaud married Marcia in 1953 and had two sons from this marriage; he divorced Marcia in 1967. In 1967, he married his second wife, Daphne Surfleet, who had worked for the English cricket writer E. W. Swanton.

On 29 October 2008, Benaud's mother Irene died, aged 104. He said of his mother, "She improved my love of vegetables by introducing the phrase, 'You can't go out and play cricket until you have eaten all your vegetables.'"

In October 2013 Benaud crashed his vintage 1963 Sunbeam Alpine into a wall whilst driving in the Coogee area of Sydney. He sustained a cracked sternum and shoulder injuries. Slow recovery meant he was unable to commentate for Australia's Channel Nine during the 2013–14 Ashes series.

In November 2014, at age 84, Benaud announced that he was diagnosed with skin cancer. He died in his sleep on 10 April 2015. Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered his family a state funeral.

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