News by Shane Dell 17/01/05
Cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman’s vision of the future of cricket was ahead of his time according to cricket luminary and commentating legend Richie Benaud who lauded The Don during his presentaion of the Bradman oration in Tasmania last evening.
Speaking in Hobart, Benaud said captaincy was 90% luck and 10% skill but it was important to concentrate on the skill.
He also said young cricketers needed captains who looked after them.
Arthur Morris, Keith Miller and Ray Lindwall had looked after him when he was starting out in the game and were “three guys who would spend time with young people”.
His oration praised Bradman as having an acute mind and the greatest clarity of thought he had ever seen.
Bradman had supported one-day cricket and extolled the virtue of its role of getting rid of the bores who as captains and players were slowing down play without regard to the fans who had paid to watch.
Bradman had also predicted a role for TV umpiring of things such as run outs, stumpings and some catches. And he had influenced changes to the leg before wicket law to stop batsmen padding balls away from outside the off stump.
Cricket Australia Chairman Bob Merriman said Richie Benaud’s delivery of the Sir Donald Bradman Oration capped a remarkable week for Australian cricket.
The week had started with $15 million being raised by the World Cricket Tsunami Relief match, and had included the Australian debut of Twenty/20 cricket and the launch of this summer’s VB ODI series.
Richie Benaud, the first cricketer to achieve the Test cricket double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets, had a relationship with first-class cricket going back more than 50 years.
He is the third Sir Donald Bradman Orator, after the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, in 2000, and Mr Michael Parkinson, in 2003.
The Sir Donald Bradman Oration commemorates the name of the game’s greatest player and celebrates the values, history and tradition of cricket as part of the Australian way of life
Benaud who recently named his Greatest XI is regarded as one of the World’s leading cricket commentators.