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Richie Benaud dies aged 84

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Australia and the cricket world woke up to learn that one of the game's most respected characters Richie Benaud passed away in his sleep aged 84. 

The former captain and commentator had announced in November he was battling with skin cancer.

Benaud will forever be remembered for never losing a test series during his 28-test reign as captain of his country.

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The middle order batsmen was the first player to reach 2,000 runs in the longer format of the game as he made 11,719 runs in his career.

He was also the first take 200 wickets in test cricket as he racked up 945 wickets in 259 matches. 

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The all rounder replaced the bat and ball for the microphone in 1964 as he started a career in broadcast journalism.

Having spent 40 years with the BBC, who put him through his journalism training. His final broadcast in England was heard during the famous 2005 Ashes series.

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The former Aussie captain was also the lead commentator on Australian’s Channel Nine where he was a broadcaster for almost 30 years.

It had been a tough few years for Benaud after he was involved in a car accident where he crashed his sports car into a wall in turn crushing two of his vertebrae.

The 84 year old still had plans of returning to our screens and radio’s but due to his ill health that failed to materialise.

Current Test Captain Michael Clarke spoke of his admiration of Benaud after learning if his passing.

"He was a great player and a great captain; a wonderful leader of men and he continued that off the field."

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