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Richie Benaud on BBC World?s 'Extratime'

Australian cricket commentator Richie Benaud was recently described as the "King of the Microphone" by England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, and "The Voice of Cricket" by his Australian opposite number Ricky Ponting. In the wake of England?s historic Ashes series victory over Australia, Extratime talks to Benaud about his thoughts on the series and of his retirement from British television commentary which was marked by a standing ovation from the crowd at The Oval in London last Monday.

Speaking to presenter Rob Bonnet, Benaud predicts that Andrew Flintoff will become a future England captain. He says, "He [Flintoff] lifted himself on several occasions during the [Ashes] series. I think Andrew Flintoff is a future captain, at least of the one day side. It depends how Michael Vaughan goes in the one-dayers but certainly I'd be looking at him as vice-captain in the next team to go away to give him a bit of experience?he's a thinker.?

Every week, Extratime brings viewers in-depth interviews with the stars, coaches and the power brokers in the world of sport. Rob Bonnet goes behind the glamour to see what makes them tick and examines the risks and rewards in a cutthroat competitive business. This edition of Extratime will be broadcast on BBC World on Sunday 18th September at 1700 IST.

Further information:

Deeptie Sethi/ Gayathri Sharma

Tel: 91 11 2341 2672/73 Extn. 102

Fax: 91 11 2341 1109

Email: deeptie.sethi@bbc.co.uk / gayathri.sharma@bbc.co.uk

Notes to Editors: BBC World, the BBC?s commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World Ltd, a member of the BBC?s commercial group of companies. BBC World is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and reaches 268 million households (128 million 24-hour homes) and more than one million hotel rooms. BBC World launched in its present format in 1995 and is funded by advertising and subscription. For further information on how to receive BBC World, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbcworld.com

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