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Former Australia cricket captain and renowned commentator Richie Benaud has died aged 84. He had been receiving treatment for skin cancer since November.

A veteran of 63 Test matches, Benaud played a pivotal role in the formation of World Series Cricket in the 1970s and was one of the world’s most recognised commentators.

The Penrith-born Benaud enjoyed a successful career as a wily leg-spin bowler and middle-order batsman.

Benaud was the first player to score 2,000 Test runs and take 200 Test wickets yet was as renowned for his captaincy. He led his country in 28 Tests and never lost a series as Australian captain.

After retiring, Benaud became a commentary icon, initially with the BBC in England and later in his native Australia.

He was the mainstay in Australian cricket television commentary until the past two summers - a car accident in 2013 sidelined him before he announced in November last year that he was fighting skin cancer.
“When I was a kid we never ever wore a cap ... because Keith Miller never wore a cap, “ Benaud said at the time.

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