The legend of Australian Cricket broadcasting Richie Benaud has provided audiences with an update on his ongoing health concerns with a special video produced by the Nine Network.
In the emotional three minute video posted below and broadcast yesterday at the start of the Boxing Day Test coverage. Benaud told viewers doctors were happy with his recovery.
The 83 year old Benaud went missing from last summers Cricket season after a car accident left him housebound with undisclosed injuries. He has also recently revealed that he battling Skin Cancer.
In October Nine revealed they were hopeful of getting Benaud back in the commentary box this summer. When asked today if this was still likely for the Sydney Test a Nine spokesperson told this website "All signs point to yes, although obviously we wont know for sure until Jan 6."
While its still unclear just how much of the broadcast Benaud could be involved with, previously it has been speculated that Benaud would comment on the game from a remote location.
The former Australian captain has worked in the cricket commentary box for both Nine and UK broadcasters BBC and Channel 4 since retiring from Test cricket in 1964.
Benaud announced his retirement from Cricket commentary in 2009 but was convinced to return by his colleagues. While no longer officially contracted with Nine, a network spokesperson recently described the agreement as an "ongoing handshake arrangement for life".
A peak national audience of more than 2.2 million cricket fans (national average audience of 1.913 million) tuned into the final session of play on the First day of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India yesterday.