Archive for the ‘richie benaud’ Category


The Voice of Our Endless Summers falls Silent

April 11, 2015

Peter Lalor, in The Weekend Australian, 11/12 April 2015

Flags flew half-mast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and at cricket grounds around the world, pilgrims attended his beckoning SCG statue, and in all corners of the globe players and fans — young and old — realised that the sound of summer had been ­extinguished. Everywhere the game of cricket is played, people yesterday stopped to remember Richie Benaud and contemplate what has been lost and is left by his passing. It is immense.

The former Australian captain, brilliant all-rounder and godfather of the commentary box died, aged 84, after a battle with skin cancer. Benaud had been the voice of cricket at the Nine Network since World Series Cricket days in the late 1970s. BENAUD 21 Read the rest of this entry ?


Astute Commentators on Cricket: Past, Present and Future

April 2, 2015

bENAUD IN BOX--PAphotos Ritchie Benaud, whose worldwide reputation was  severely mauled in Sri Lankan eyes by manifest partialities during the finals of the ODI series between the two countries in early 1996

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The Australian Invincibles at various moments in Ceylon 1930 to 1953 — in pictorial mode

December 27, 2012

06 Bradman and SP Foenander, 1930 A young Don Bradman receives a replica of the Dalada Maligava from SP Foenander, Secretary of the Ceylon Cricket Association, on board ship in 1930 … photo courtesy of the State Library of South Australia where the gift now reposes.

auscric Australian & Ceylon teams, 1930-thanks to Hugh Karunanayake

09 Bradman & Sathasivam

Sathasivam and Bradman toss, at the Oval 27 March 1948 [it being understood that the Aussies would bat first come what may]

11 C'swamy beats Bradman, '48

Sathi Coomaraswamy gets past Bradman’s bat, with Ben Navaratne right up there. Read the rest of this entry ?


ICC reveals spineless greed on issue of Test play-offs

October 30, 2011

Gideon Haigh, in  the Weekend Australian, 29-30 October 2011 with different title… Gideon Haigh is one of Australia’s best sports writers and has expertise in financial analysis as well. He has now joined the Weekend Australian’s columns and must be listened to avidly. Web Editor.

HYPOCRISY, the saying goes, is the homage that vice pays to virtue. In cricket, it is the homage administrators pay to Test matches. Time and again, administrators assure us of their continued regard for Test cricket as the game’s ultimate form. Then they pull sneaky little manoeuvres like winnowing Australia’s planned three-Test series against South Africa away to two, and England’s promised five-Test series against South Africa next year to three.

Their recent decision to welch on playoffs for the World Test Championship is perhaps their most destructive move yet. Destructive and also instructive: because it demonstrates how far the game’s welfare now falls behind self-interest and short-term financial expediency as a governance priority.

At their July annual meeting inHong Kong, the executive board of the International Cricket Council, on which Cricket Australia’s representative was its chairman Jack Clarke, agreed to advance plans for playoffs to the World Test Championship: semi-finals and a final among the top four ranked countries. It was welcomed as a much-needed innovation: a chance to contextualise the game’s most skilful and historic format, and enrich it with a finale worth the name. Read the rest of this entry ?


That underarm moment in World Cricket History …. so Un-Iconic

September 18, 2011

 1 February 1981: “Richie Benaud said this the most disgraceful thing he had seen on a cricket field. On February 1, 1981, New Zealand were playing Australia in the third of the best-of-five finals of the World Series in Melbourne. 15 were needed off the final over, to be bowled by Trevor Chappell, younger brother of Ian and Greg. It came down to seven off the last ball with Brian McKechnie on strike. Captain Greg instructed Trevor to roll the ball along the ground. Underarm bowling was still legal, even if unethical, and Chappell’s unsporting act was roundly criticised. After the incident, underarm bowling was banned.” —