Australia news October 24, 2013

Benaud recovering after car crash

ESPNcricinfo staff

Richie Benaud, the former Australia captain turned renowned commentator, is recovering in hospital following a car crash in Sydney. He is described as being in a stable condition

The accident happened when Benaud, 83, was driving home in his vintage 1963 Sunbeam Alpine on Wednesday after playing golf. It is being reported that he has shoulder and chest injuries, as well as suffering a broken sternum.

"No one else was injured, and I was more worried about the car than myself," Benaud told Nine News.

A statement from Australian broadcaster Channel Nine said Benaud "was driving home alone to Coogee mid-morning yesterday when the accident happened. Police attended and there were no charges. The car had mounted a nature strip and hit a small brick wall."

Nine Entertainment chief executive officer David Gyngell added: "Richie is a national treasure. In the Nine family, he sits at the head of the table.

"As always he and [wife] Daphne have our support and Richie will return to call the coming Ashes series against England - his 36th summer in Nine's Wide World of Sports commentary box - when he is good and ready.''

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  • John on October 28, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    One of the best captains and definitely the most insightful commentator in the history of cricket. He captained Australia in the first test I ever attended (England v. Australia at The Oval, 1961) and I've admired him ever since. Get well soon, Richie- I'm looking forward to hearing you in the upcoming Ashes series.

  • Ragavendran on October 26, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    I hope you get well soon, Mr. Richie Benaud. All the best wishes from one of your fans. I have never seen you play but have always admired your views from the commentary box.

  • pervez on October 24, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    When will the lady in Buckingham Palace tap him on the shoulder and say " Arise, Sir Richie" ?

  • Android on October 24, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    I don't want to imagine a world without Mr Benaud. love and respect to him.

  • jagannath on October 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Richie is indeed a treasure for whole cricketing world. Can't imagine tuning in without him in the box. Get well soon, Sir.

  • Derek on October 24, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I hope Mr Benaud recovers and resumes his innings 83no. These days runners are not allowed for the injured but come on Mr Benaud, it is time to get a driver apart from the one in you golf bag.

  • ESPN on October 24, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Speedy recovery Richie..can't wait to hear your commentary at the Ashes

  • Sriram on October 24, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Get well soon Mr.Richie Benaud. Wishes from India. I wake up early morning to listen to Ch 9 commentary irrespective of who Aus is playing every summer. Its a treat to hear your voices and opinions something which we in India are depreived of from our own commentary teams. Looking forward to a cracking Ashes with Bill Lawry, Mark Taylor, Healy, Slater, Warnie et all. Will miss Tony though!

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