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Richie Benaud: a personal reflection on a colossus of cricket

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When you’ve grown accustomed to seeing and hearing someone on TV – especially someone with a voice both commanding and calming like Richie Benaud’s – often they appear in real life much smaller than how you’d built them up in your imagination; more like the rest of us than you’d perhaps anticipated.

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England's Alastair Cook Gets More Picturesque As He Gets Older

It may still be the case that the third Test in Kolkata is marked by some defining contribution – a second-innings dash, a short-leg masterclass – from England's middle-order craftsman Ian Bell, a player who reached a plateau of gorgeously well-grooved cricketing maturity 18 months ago, only to suffer an unexpected and continuing regression.

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