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Richie Benaud prepares for final delivery
Richie Benaud, the doyen of cricket commentary, will retire from television next year.
The 78-year-old former Australia captain told Sydney radio he was quitting after his current contract ends in 12 months. “I’ll be doing Australian cricket next year, 2010, but I don’t do any television at all anywhere else now and when I finish next year, then I’ll be doing other things,” he said.
I grew up listening to Benaud’s commentary on Test cricket and always appreciated the way he could deliver such well informed analysis in such a modest and relaxed style.
We’ll have a proper appreciation of Benaud on the blog tomorrow but for now I’ll leave you with my favourite Benaudism*:
“My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it. Otherwise, shut up.”
* Apart from “Morning everyone,” obviously.