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When will the great Richie return?

Richie Benaud was Billy Birmingham's most famous Twelfth Man character. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
Roar Rookie
3rd February, 2014
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Last October Richie Benaud had a car accident, which sidelined him for the whole summer. But will he be back in the commentary box next summer?

I really hope he is back in the commentary box, because he deserves a proper retirement send-off from his millions of adoring fans across the country and the globe.

When Richie retired from cricket commentary in England in 2005, there was a huge celebration of his career at The Oval. It would be a shame if Richie could not receive the same type of celebration at his beloved SCG.

I can picture packed houses at every ground across the country to farewell the voice of cricket in this country.

Richie is an iconic figure who has shaped the game on and off the field and deserves every accolade the country can afford him.

Dare he be mentioned in the same breath as Bradman? It was their partnership that turned around Test cricket in the 1960s, beginning with the daring chase that led to the Brisbane tied Test.

Richie has been the best commentator in the game for almost half a century and led the commentary box during its golden age. He has been the voice of cricket for multiple generations of cricket fans.

It is in this light that we all must wish Richie a speedy and full recovery from his recent ailments and a return to the box for one last golden summer and a huge send off at the SCG.

Get well soon Richie, we are all behind you.

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