The late Richie Benaud was viewed by many as being No.1 behind a microphone.
The late Richie Benaud was viewed by many as being No.1 behind a microphone. AAP IMAGES

OUR SAY: We’ll miss Richie if he pulls up stumps

OUR VIEW: IT SEEMS fans may have heard the last of "the voice of cricket", Richie Benaud.

If that turns out to the case, it will not be because Channel 9 has given up on the 83-year-old.

In fact, the network's boss, David Gyngell, admitted this week he was so keen for Benaud to be involved in match calls, he had asked him to do it from his Coogee beachside home in suburban Sydney.

"He'd be the ultimate armchair caller from the couch," Gyngell said.

"I'd prefer to have him calling at the ground, but I would say that will be difficult. If I have my way, he will be calling it from his home, but it is completely his decision."

Benaud's health has been in question since he crashed his 1963 Sunbeam Alpine on his way home from golf in October last year.

He suffered a serious back injury and failed to call a ball in the Ashes series earlier this year.

Benaud is not only a fan favourite in Australia. He is also immensely popular in Britain.

Though he has not officially pulled up stumps - and his mind is still sharp - the final call is his, as it should be.

We hope he is well enough to continue.

The picture will be much clearer by December 4 when the first Test against India starts in Brisbane.


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