Veteran cricketer and commentator Richard Benaud dies at 84

Legendary Australian cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud hosts a talk-show during the lunch break on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2013. Photo: AFP / Manan Vatsyayana

SYDNEY - Veteran cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud has died, aged 84.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Benaud was a former captain for the Australian national team, playing a total of 63 tests. The tactical cricketer became the first ever player to achieve 2000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level.

Last year, he was involved in a road accident. His vertebrae was crushed when his sports car collided with a brick wall.

A year later, he shared news he was being treated for skin cancer. 

The beloved commentator started his career with BBC as early as 1960.

His last television broadcast in England was in 2005. He however continue to work in broadcast as part of Australia's Channel Nine until 2013. 


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