10 Nov 2014

Benaud being treated for cancer

4:49 pm on 10 November 2014

The former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the voice of cricket for millions of television viewers, says he's being treated for skin cancer.

At this first public appearance in more than a year the 84-year-old, who led Australia to three successive Ashes series victories in the 1950s and 1960s, says he's undergoing radiation therapy for cancers on his head.

Benaud says he's coping well with the treatment and his doctors are pleased with his progress.

Benaud has been out of the public eye since crashing his car into a low wall as he drove to his home in the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee last October.