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Richie Benaud: remembering the voice of summer

by | 10th, April 2015

Fifth Test: England v Australia - Day Four

 

Richie Benaud (6 October 1930 – 10 April 2015) was the mellifluous, spare, controlled and powerful voice of summer.

You don’t have to like cricket to have have loved his commentary. The once great Australian cricketer –  63 Tests for Australia, 28 as captain; he was the first man to achieve 2,000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level – retired in 1964 to pursue what would be a wonderful career in journalism and broadcasting.

Today I can hear Richie Benaud’s comforting voice in my head. It brings back memories of long childhood days with my late father – days when we were together on the beach, at Lord’s or in the garden and listened as we talked, ate and played…

 

5th June 1961:  Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud shaving in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series.  (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

5th June 1961: Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud shaving in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

5th June 1961:  Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series.  (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

5th June 1961: Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)



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