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'''John Benaud''' (born 11 May 1944, [[Auburn, New South Wales]]) is a former [[Australia]]n [[cricket]]er.
 
'''John Benaud''' (born 11 May 1944, [[Auburn, New South Wales]]) is a former [[Australia]]n [[cricket]]er.
   
John Benaud is the son of Louis and Irene Benaud (both deceased). His only sibling is fellow cricketer [[Richie Benaud]], who is older by 53 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 [[New South Wales Fire fighter|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_(Australia)|Blue Mountains]] since 1971.
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John Benaud is the son of Louis and Irene Benaud (both deceased). His only sibling is fellow cricketer [[Richie Benaud]], who is older by 53 years. Mind you, the figure of 53 years is arrived at by subtracting Richie's birth year (1930) from that of John (1944). Hey, wait a minute! 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 [[New South Wales Fire fighter|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_(Australia)|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.
 
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.

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John Benaud
Cricket information
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 47
Runs scored 223 2888
Batting average 44.60 36.55
100s/50s 1/- 4/16
Top score 142 142
Balls bowled 24 308
Wickets 2 5
Bowling average 6.00 35.20
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling 2/12 2/12
Catches/stumpings -/- 30/-
Source: Cricinfo

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 53 years. Mind you, the figure of 53 years is arrived at by subtracting Richie's birth year (1930) from that of John (1944). Hey, wait a minute! 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 outcry forced Cricket NSW to overturn their decision, and in the off-season the ban was lifted. He was selected for 3 Tests in 1972 to 1973. He made his Test debut in the 1st Test against Pakistan at Adelaide over Christmas 1972, making little contribution as Australia won easily. He also played in the 2nd Test at the MCG over the New Year, which Australia won again. He made the top score of 142 in the second innings, in the knowledge that he had been dropped for the 3rd Test. He returned for his third and final Test appearance in the 5th Test against West Indies at Port of Spain, Trinidad, in April 1973. He contributed little with the bat, but bowled four overs to take 2-12 in a drawn match. He was later a selector for the Australian cricket team.

The 50-year gap between the John and Richie's respective Test debuts is one of the greatest in cricket history, exceeded only by Johnny Tyldesley and Ernest Tyldesley.

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