Famed cricket commentator Richie Benaud has suffered several car accident injuries after crashing his vehicle near to his home in Coogee.
The 83-year-old had been scheduled to induct former Australian Test captain Mark Taylor as this year’s Bradman Foundation honoree on Wednesday (October 30) but lost control of his vehicle, hitting a parked car before colliding with a small brick fence.
His injuries included damage to his shoulder and chest, as well as a broken sternum – although media sources report he is currently in a stable condition at Sydney’s Prince of Wales hospital.
No one else suffered a car accident injury during the incident, said Benaud in a statement, adding that he was more concerned about the car than himself.
He drives a 1963 Sunbeam Alpine, which is one of his most prized possessions.
The voice of cricket was returning home from hitting practice golf balls at the Australian Golf Club in Rosebury on Wednesday (October 23) when the crash occurred.
Benaud ‘recovering’ from car accident injuries
Benaud’s wife, Daphne, said: “Richie’s remarkable. At first, I was quite concerned but today he’s looking unbelievably well.”
Channel Nine said no decision has been made on whether Benaud will be expected to return to duty for the upcoming Ashes series, although his appearance at the Bradman Foundation award is likely to be cancelled.
Taylor said he was sad to hear the news, but is also pleased that Benaud is in “pretty good spirits”.
“My words to him would be ‘just get better’. He can shake my hand when we turn up to the first Test match.”
Well wishes after car accident injuries
Chief executive officer of Channel Nine David Gyngell was quick to offer his well wishes after hearing about Benaud’s car accident injuries, describing him as a “national treasure”.
“As always he and Daphne have our support and Richie will return to call the coming Ashes series against England – his 36th summer in Nine’s Wide World of Sports commentary box – when he is good and ready,” Mr Gyngell said.
Benaud has reduced his work in the commentary box over the last few summers, but was set to work on the Ashes, starting at the Gabba, on November 21.
While he does not have an official contract with Nine, Benaud has a handshake agreement with the company, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.