Richie Benaud

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Andrew McGarry of the ABC has written a beautiful tribute to Richie Benaud. It sent me off thinking.

Richie was one of the first players I followed when I was developing my interest in cricket. He has been a guide for me since 1961. I did not see his second innings bowling performance in the Fourth Test at Old Trafford but did listen to some of it on the wireless. I spent the rest of that summer imagining how I would play against spin on a turning pitch.

This image from the National Archives of Australia brought back all those memories.

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Two years ago, I was walking along a path at Coogee, and passed Richie on his walk. I nodded, he smiled and I was back in Manchester batting against him as the elegant Ted Dexter.

Vale.

Photo Credits

Richie Benaud – Cricketer (National Archives of Australia, Open Access)

Richie Benaud – a cricketer for NSW (National Archives of Australia, Open Access)

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