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Richie Benaud 1930 - 2015

The sad news that legendary commentator Richie Benaud has left us today means that yet another link with the cricket I grew up with has left to join that big commentary box in the sky. A link with a time when one-day cricket was very much a poor relation to the five-day game and cricket was readily available to the masses on TV and radio in those pre-satellite days.

Along with the majority of the 'Test Match Special' team that provided ball-by-ball commentary on Radio 3 and later Radio 4 long-wave - names like Brian Johnston, John Arlott, Bill Frindall aka 'The Bearded Wonder', Christopher Martin-Jenkins - Benaud provided a wonderful accompaniment to the action on the pitch. But unlike the TMS team, Benaud made his name on TV, first in this country and then back home in his native Australia.

Benaud knew what he was talking about. He'd been and done it. A leg-spinning all-rounder, he played 63 times for Australia, scoring over 2,000 runs and taking 248 wickets in the …