Cricket legend Benaud laid to rest


A private funeral and commemoration service attended by family members and former players has been held for former Australian captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud.

Former players Shane Warne and Ian Chappell attended, as did former team-mate and Anglican lay-preacher Brian Booth, who led the service.

Benaud died on Friday, aged 84, after complications from skin cancer.

He was remembered in a private funeral attended only by his immediate family.

But later at the commemoration service, Warne and Chappell were joined by former Australia captain Mark Taylor and current test skipper Michael Clarke.



In the memorial booklet, Benaud’s family described him as “a special person who means so much to each of us in many different ways”.

On Sunday his family “kindly declined” an offer by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s to have a state funeral in favour of something “very quiet and very private”, Mr Abbott said.

A pioneering leg-spin bowler, Benaud played in 63 Tests – 28 as captain – before retiring in 1964 to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting, including a long association with the BBC.

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

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards described Benaud as “the iconic voice of our summer”.

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