Benaud decides to say good-bye to microphone

Published: Friday, September 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Richie Benaud will commentate his last Test in England at The Oval next week. Benaud, who has been cricket broadcastings most comfortable armchair for the past 42 years, will hang up the microphone when Channel 4's contract with the ECB expires after the fifth Test. He has ruled out a switch to Sky, who control the rights from next season.

"It is time to say goodbye because I won't be doing any more television in the United Kingdom," Benaud told Cricinfo in an exclusive interview. "I'll still be doing free-to-air in Australia. I've got a three-year contract with Channel 9 which will probably be extended."

Benaud, 74, said he knew the time was right to retire, just as he did when he ended his Test career in 1964, but he regretted the loss of C4s coverage. "From the production and direction point of view, theyve been quite magnificent in the six years that theyve been doing it," he said.

Richie Benaud played for Australia in 63 Tests from 1952 to 1964 as a leg-spinning all-rounder. He hit 2,201 runs at 24.45 with three hundreds and captured 248 wickets at 27.03 runs apiece. He was also one of his countrys finest Test captains.

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