John Benaud

John Benaud

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John Benaud (born 11 May 1944, Auburn, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer.

John Benaud is the son of Louis and Irene Benaud (both deceased). His only sibling is fellow cricketer Richie Benaud, who is older by 13 years. John is married to Lindsay Benaud with two children. His son, Jamie Benaud was born in 1971. He is a firefighter and Hazardous Materials Technician/Specialist with the NSW Fire Brigades. John's daughter Nicole was born in 1973 while Benaud was playing on tour in the West Indies. Nicole is a TAFE teacher. Benaud has lived in the Blue Mountains since 1971.

John began his working career at Fairfax's Sydney Sun newspaper as a copy-boy. He was subsequently awarded a Journalism cadetship and his career progressed at the paper where he remained for his entire working life. By the time the Sun was closed down in 1988 following the disastrous takeover by young Warwick Fairfax, Benaud had risen to be the editor-in-chief of the paper. Throughout the 1990s Benaud wrote cricket columns for Australian, British and Indian sports magazines and ghost-wrote several autobiographies. In 1997 he released the book Matters of Choice, the story of his time as an Australian cricket selector.

Benaud played first-class cricket for New South Wales for six years, from 1966/67 to 1972/73, becoming captain of the State side. While Captain of the NSW team, Benaud was famously suspended for a month after refusing to obey the ban on Adidas Grass-sports shoes. The public and media...
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