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Richie Benaud      

Full name Richard Benaud

Born October 6, 1930, Penrith, New South Wales

Current age 84 years 75 days

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Other Commentator, Journalist, Author

Relation Brother - J Benaud

Richard Benaud
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 63 97 7 2201 122 24.45 3 9 8 65 0
First-class 259 365 44 11719 187 36.50 23 61 254 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 63 116 19108 6704 248 7/72 11/105 27.03 2.10 77.0 16 16 1
First-class 259 60481 23370 945 7/18 24.73 2.31 64.0 56 9
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 25-29, 1952 scorecard
Last Test Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Feb 7-12, 1964 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1948-1964
Profile

Few cricketers have matured so gradually yet ripened so fruitfully as Richie Benaud. With little to show for his first six years in Test cricket, he blossomed as a fully fledged allrounder in South Africa in 1957-58, then flowered as a charismatic captain at home against England in 1958-59. He repossessed the Ashes, which his teams then successfully defended twice. As a legspinner, he was full of baits and traps, and he batted and fielded with verve. Yet it was his presence, as much as anything, which summoned the best from players: cool but communicative, he impressed as one to whom no event was unexpected, no contingency unplanned for. The same has applied to his journalism: terse, direct and commonsensical, and his broadcasting: mellow and authoritative. His wise head was sought by Kerry Packer in the formation of World Series Cricket in 1977, conferring respectability on the breakaway professional circuit. A guru to Ian Chappell and Shane Warne among others, he is perhaps the most influential cricketer and cricket personality since the Second World War.
Gideon Haigh

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Jan 4, 2014

Richie Benaud lookalikes at the SCG, Sydney, January 4, 2014

Richie Benaud lookalikes at the SCG

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Jan 6, 2013

Richie Benaud makes a point, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney, 4th day, January 6, 2013

Richie Benaud makes a point

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Jan 3, 2013

Richie Benaud at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney, 1st day, January 3, 2013

Richie Benaud at the Sydney Cricket Ground

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1962

Country Fixtures Country Results
2nd Test: Australia v India at Brisbane - Dec 17-21
India 408 & 157/7 Australia 505
Melb Stars v Hurricanes at Melbourne
Dec 20, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Syd Thunder v Heat at Sydney
Dec 21, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Scorchers v Strikers at Perth
Dec 22, 2014 (16:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Hurricanes v Syd Sixers at Hobart
Dec 23, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
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