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Richie Benaud dies from skin cancer at 84


Australia cricket legend and commentator Richie Benaud has died from skin cancer aged 84.

Richie Benaud played in 63 Tests, 28 as captain, before retiring in 1964 to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting.

His final commentary in England came during the 2005 Ashes series but he continued to work for Channel Nine in Australia until 2013.

In November, Richie Benaud revealed he was being treated for skin cancer.Richie Benaud dead at 84

Richie Benaud took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and made 11,719 first-class runs, scoring 23 centuries at an average of 36.50.

He was the first man to achieve 2,000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level.

Richie Benaud was also a highly regarded tactician and never lost a Test series as Australia captain, winning five and drawing two.

After such an impressive playing career, Richie Benaud became even better known as a prolific author, columnist and commentator on cricket.