Richie Benaud in hospital after car crash


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The Independent Online

Richie Benaud, legendary commentator and former captain of Australia, is recovering in hospital after being involved in a car crash.

The 83-year-old suffered chest and shoulder injuries, when he crashed his car driving home to Sydney suburb Coogee on Wednesday evening.

According to Channel Nine in Australia, Benaud's car crashed into a brick wall after mounting the curb. Police came to the scene but no charges were made.

"No one else was injured, and I was more worried about the car than myself," Benaud said, referring to his written off 1963 Sunbeam Alpine.

Channel Nine chief executive officer David Gyngell added: "Richie is a national treasure. In the Nine family, he sits at the head of the table.

"As always he and (wife) 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."

Benaud is considered by many to be 'the voice of cricket' after more than 50 years in broadcasting, following a successful playing career in which he led Australia to three successive Ashes series victories.