Benaud joins Hall of Fame
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 5th February 2007
Legendary commentator and former Australia captain Richie Benaud will
be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the 2007 Allan
Border Medal on Monday night.
The champion leg-spinner and Charles Macartney will be in illustrious
company, joining 25 predecessors in the Hall of Fame, which was
established in 1996.
"It is a great privilege to be inducted to the Australian Cricket Hall
of Fame which, in my view, is the most prestigious of its kind in the
sporting world," Benaud said. "There are 25 people in the Hall of Fame
at the moment. I played cricket with or against eight of them and
watched eight others from various grandstands at the Sydney Cricket
Benaud, who claimed 248 wickets in 63 Tests and hit three centuries,
was thrilled to be inducted with Macartney.
Macartney was a fine batsman in the early 1900s, averaging 41.78 with
the bat in 35 Tests, as well as being a useful finger spinner.
"Of particular pleasure is that I am listed with Charlie Macartney, one
of the greats of the game," the 76-year-old Benaud said. "My father
Lou's 17th birthday present from his parents way back in February 1921
was to travel from Coraki to Sydney to watch Warwick Armstrong's team
create a clean sweep of the five-match series, with Macartney making a
A selection panel including ex-players, administrators and media
chooses Hall of Fame inductees, with players required to have been
retired for at least five years to be eligible.
Benaud will be present on the night, while former Australian captain
Ian Chappell will present the award to Macartney's biographer, Peter
Australian Cricket Hall of Fame: Inducted 1996 - Fred Spofforth, John
Blackham, Victor Trumper, Clarrie Grimmett, Bill Ponsford, Sir Donald
Bradman, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall and Dennis Lillee
2000 - Warwick Armstrong, Neil Harvey and Allan Border
2001 - Bill Woodfull and Arthur Morris
2002 - Stan McCabe and Greg Chappell
2003 - Lindsay Hassett and Ian Chappell
2004 - Hugh Trumble and Alan Davidson
2005 - Clement Hill and Rod Marsh
2006 - Monty Noble and Bob Simpson
2007 - Charles Macartney and Richie Benaud