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Cricket Commentator Richie Benaud Hospitalized After Car Crash

Richie Benaud, one of the best-known voices in cricket broadcasting, is recovering in the hospital after being injured in a car accident in Sydney.

Benaud, 83, mounted a verge and hit a small brick wall while driving alone yesterday morning, his employer Channel Nine said in a statement today. He’s in a stable condition after suffering chest and shoulder injuries and is expected to be hospitalized for “a number of days,” the broadcaster added.

“No one else was injured, and I was more worried about the car than myself,” Benaud, a former Australia cricket captain, said in the statement.

Benaud has been involved in broadcasting for about 50 years after ending his playing career. His authoritative, chatty style and enthusiasm made him popular in England, where he worked for the British Broadcasting Corp. and Channel Four, and Australia with Channel Nine.

Benaud, who played 63 Tests for Australia and became the first cricketer from his country to score 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets in elite matches, was scheduled to call the Ashes series against England starting Nov. 21 in Brisbane.

He’ll return to the commentary box “when he is good and ready,” Nine Entertainment Chief Executive Officer David Gyngell said in the statement.

“Richie is a national treasure,” Gyngell said. “In the Nine family, he sits at the head of the table.”

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