Benaud to Border

Editors' review

August 31, 2016

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From the late 1950s, when Richie Benaud took over the Australian captaincy, to the end of the 1970s, when Allan Border began his Test career, cricket in Australia was covered by ABC Television.

BENAUD TO BORDER shows the highlights of this period from the ABCs extensive archives.

These include:
-action from the marvellous series against the West Indies in 1960-61
-the battles between Australia and England under Richie Benaud and Ted Dexter
-hard times for Bob Simpson at the hands of the West Indies and South Africa in the mid-1960s
-Bill Lawrys big scores and controversial captaincy
-the emergence of the great Australian teams of the 1970s, led by the Chappell brothers

But the story of cricket always goes beyond what happened on the field. Lawrys dramatic sacking in 1971, the cancellation of the proposed tour by South Africa the following season, the players money problems and the takeover by Kerry Packer are all dealt with through news reports and interviews of the time.

BENAUD TO BORDER is a unique record of the game through some of its most exciting years, told by its leading players.