29 Aug 2014

Benaud could commentate from home

12:15 pm on 29 August 2014

Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on Test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine.

The 83-year-old former Australia captain has been absent from the commentary box since crashing his car into a low wall as he drove to his home in the Sydney suburb of Coogee last October.

Channel Nine chief executive David Gyngell says his desire to have Benaud comment on the four-Test series against India later this year meant the offer to broadcast from home was a serious option.

While Benaud's ill-health meant he missed the last Ashes series, he was represented at the Sydney Test by dozens of fans dressed up in silver wigs and beige suits waving oversize Channel Nine microphones.