The Australian spoke fondly and passionately about the game during a broadcasting career spanning more than 50 years, of which 40 included an association with the BBC.

Before picking up a microphone, Benaud was also a pioneering player of his time, taking some 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches, hitting some 11,719 runs, of which 23 came via the way of centuries.

As captain of Australia, the leg-spinner never lost a test series, winning five and drawing two.

Benaud, who boasts a legion of admirers across the world, revealed last November he was being treated for skin cancer.

The cause of his death has not yet been disclosed, although it has been suggested he past away in a hospice having received treatment for the illness.

And the outpouring of grief at his passing has been huge, with some of the games greats taking to social media to pay tribute to Benaud O.B.E… see more

source: metro UK