January 4, 2012

Benaud day springs up at SCG

Alex Winter
Fans dressed as Richie Benaud cheer at the SCG, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 2nd day, January 4, 2012
The Benaud fan club hope day two at the SCG can become a permanent celebration of the former Australian captain  © Getty Images

Jane McGrath day is established on day three of the New Year's Test at the SCG to raise awareness of breast cancer but a group of ardent fans want the second day of the match to raise awareness of something quite different.

A group of fans hope their efforts can turn day two into a celebration of Richie Benaud. The fan club come decked out in Benaud attire - beige suits, silver wigs - and with microphones in hand, hoping to turn a drinking game into support to honour Benaud.

"Richie was a great cricketer and captain of Australia but also a great journalist and commentator," Michael Hennessy, leader of the fan club, told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I''ve only really seen him at his best commentating but if you look back he was a flamboyant allrounder, great leggie, an aggressive batsman and you just love him more and more."

The fan club has doubled in numbers each year since 10 fans first donned Benaud-dress in 2009. They aim to fill an entire bay at the SCG to celebrate the great Australian.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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