The Australian Cricket Summer is all set to begin as their official broadcasters Channel Nine launched the broadcast team today. The team includes Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell, James Brayshaw, Mark Taylor, Mark Nicholas, Shane Warne, Ian Healy, Brett Lee, Mike Hussey, Michael Slater. But the fans across the globe will be missing the familiar voice of Richie Benaud, who is also called as the Voice of Cricket.
Benaud is undergoing the radiation therapy as he is curing from skin cancer. He said that these are the effects of the car accident, which we met last year. He is treated for cancers on top of his head and his forehead. He also wished the commentary team a good luck ahead of a gruelling year that includes the 2015 World Cup.
He later addressed the gathering at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “I’m coping with it very well – the doctors are pleased. I’m going along slowly. The cancers need to be treated. When I was a kid we never ever wore a cap … because Keith Miller never wore a cap,” Benaud said referring the former Test All-Rounder as his childhood hero.
Benaud also said he that he wasn’t aware of the effects of skin cancer when he was younger.
“If I knew when I was at school and playing in my early cricket days the problems that would have come if I didn’t do something about protection of the head and using sunscreens and things like that, I’d have played it differently. It’s one of those things in life; you live and learn as you go along. And nowadays I recommend to everyone that they should have protection on their skins (and) on their heads.”
“I can give you one good reason for that; 84-year olds don’t seem to mend as well as they used to. Benaud said he and his wife Daphne are working hard together to try and ease the former Test All-Rounder back to good health. I’m very fortunate in a lot of ways to be with Daphne. One of those (reasons) is she’s a great walker. And we’re out every morning very early, the Sun’s up but only just – and we’re doing a 40 minute walk every morning and that’s showing beneficial effects for me,” he added.
The Australian summer begins with the ODI series against South Africa and includes India’s tour down under and the 2015 World Cup.