Remembering Richie: A Tribute to a Cricket Legend

Remembering Richie: A Tribute to a Cricket Legend

by Richie Benaud

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A tribute to Richie Benaud and a celebration of his life.

Remembering Richie is a compilation of the very best writing from Richie's books, along with the best tributes and obituaries from those who knew and worked with him.

As a player, Richie was one of the greatest of cricket's all-rounders. As a commentator and thinker on the game he became the leading figure of his generation. As a man he was revered by cricket's multitude of followers and as a friend he was both loved and admired by his close circle of friends.

This celebratory book brings together the best of Richie's writing on a range of subjects from his love of cricket as a child to his all time XIs; from his thoughts on T20 to insight into his family life, along with his most loved sayings and best known pieces of commentary. All perfectly complemented with tributes from his friends and colleagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473627413
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/22/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Richie Benaud captained Australia and was one of the most successful ever Australian cricketers. Since retiring from playing, he established a reputation as the doyenne of cricket commentary, and his global popularity grew with broadcasts on the BBC, Sky and many other networks.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Foreword Sir Michael Parkinson xi

I The Player

1 For the Record

Not merely the voice of cricket Scyld Berry 3

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1962 - R. Benaud 6

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1962 - A. K. Davidson 10

2 A Boyhood Love of Cricket

Life was all about playing sport 14

Better than heaven 18

3 Learning the Ropes

Up a level, but can I handle it? 23

A hole in the head 31

Three greats 36

4 In England for the First Time

Jeezzz, Harv, it's not even level!: Australia in England 1953 46

Lessons from a master 56

5 Turning Points

Confounding the critics: Australia in England 1956 60

Cutting down: Australia in India 1956-57 66

Ivan James: Australia in New Zealand 1956-57 68

The Claw: Australia in South Africa 1957-58 71

6 Captain of Australia

The return of the urn: England in Australia 1958-59 74

Learning about life and diplomacy: Australia in Pakistan and India 1959-60 89

The Tied Test: West Indies in Australia 1960-61 103

Stumped in the pavilion! 107

A mentor and a friend Tony Cozier 110

Indulging a hunch: Australia in England 1961 112

7 Legspin

Words of advice 117

Shane Warne 121

Dear Richie by Shane Warne 128

Richie Benaud- career playing statistics Benedict Bermange 129

II The Observer

8 Journalism

A foot in the door 143

Police rounds 146

Shaping a new career 148

Scoop! 155

Mentor, inspiration and friend by Justin Langer 158

9 Broadcasting

Training at the BBC, 1956 159

Tales from the commentary box 161

It's been absolutely marvellous: England v Australia at The Oval, 2005 177

Richie pitches it just right Ian Wooldridge 178

10 World Series Cricket

The origins of WSC 181

A proposition from Kerry Packer 189

11 The Spirit of the Game

Fifty-two years with Benords Ian Chappell 195

Sledging 198

Walking, or not walking 203

The Spirit of Cricket in Australia 208

No place for violence 211

Having a look for myself 212

12 Limited-Overs Cricket

The long and the short of it 216

Four games to remember 218

The future of the one-day game 223

13 Technology

DRS and neutral umpires 226

14 Board Games

The Barnes business 231

The boots business 235

15 My Greatest XI

Being a selector 239

III The Man

16 Away From Cricket

Tales of the turf 267

My best friend in life by Jack Bannister 271

17 Family

The Benauds and the Savilles: pioneers 273

Reasons to celebrate 282

A splendid piece of advice 283

A sad farewell 284

Another sad farewell 286

IV Tributes

Richie Benaud, cricket's philosopher king Gideon Haigh 291

A fond farewell to the quiet voice of an English summer Mike Atherton 296

Richie Benaud David Frith 300

A true one-off Jonathan Agnew 304

Australia's master commentator Mike Selvey 306

My fiend the colossus Henry Blofeld 308

What an innings David Gower 311

A true leader Geoffrey Boycott 313

Listening to Richie was like having your neck gently massaged Angus Fraser 316

A cry for our lost-youth Oliver Holt 318

Acknowledgements 321

Index 323

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