Benaud fighting skin cancer

2014-11-10 12:06
Richie Benaud (Getty)

Sydney - Legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud revealed on Monday he is battling skin cancer and is undergoing radiation therapy, but said he was coping well.

The 84-year-old former Australian captain made his illness public at the Nine Network's launch for its Australian summer cricket coverage, saying he was receiving treatment for skin cancers on his forehead and the top of his head.

"I'm coping with it very well - the doctors are pleased," he said. "I'm going along slowly. The cancers need to be treated."

Benaud, a much-loved figure in Australian cricket, urged people to take precautions to protect themselves from the sun.

"I recommend to everyone they wear protection on their heads," he said. "Eighty-four-year olds don't seem to mend as well as they used to.

"When I was a kid, we never ever wore a cap. I wish I had. You live and learn as you go along," he added.

Benaud attended the Nine Network launch at the Sydney Cricket Ground with its broadcast team, including former cricketers Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell, Mark Nicholas, Brett Lee and Shane Warne.

Benaud, who has worked in the commentary box since retiring from Test cricket in 1964, has been out of action since suffering chest and shoulder injuries during a car crash in Sydney late last year.

He said he was still recovering from the injuries which included two fractured vertebrae.

It prevented him calling a single ball during the Ashes series against England last southern summer, and he has only just returned to work with the television network.

However, Benaud confirmed he would make a return to commentate on Australia's fourth Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in his home town, starting on January 3.

"Progress is slow," he said. "I've been doing a lot of walking. We (with wife Daphne) are out every morning, doing 40-minute walks every morning and it's showing beneficial effects."

Famed for his beige jackets and engaging commentary, Benaud made his broadcasting debut on BBC Radio in 1960, moved across to BBC Television three years later, and became a full-time cricket journalist and commentator when his playing career ended.

He hung up the microphone for British television following the 2005 Ashes series, and has been working for Nine since 1977.

Read more on:    cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.