Yorkshire Cricket Club players in cancer checks

Richie Benaud has died at 84

Richie Benaud has died at 84

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Richie Benaud’s death has coincided with several Yorkshire players being screened for signs of skin cancer - a disease the former Australia skipper and broadcaster had been battling.

As part of the charity Sun Awareness campaign, first-teamers including Andrew Gale, Steven Patterson, Tim Bresnan and Richard Pyrah went to a dermatology clinic at a hospital in Leeds.

Benaud confirmed he was suffering from the disease last November and was receiving treatment on his forehead and top of his head. His death, aged 84, was announced on Friday.

The revered Benaud once remarked: “When I was a kid we never, ever wore a cap. I wish I had. You live and learn as you go along.

“I recommend to everyone they wear protection on their heads.”

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale said: “It is a very sad day for cricket. Richie Benaud was a massive icon in the game not just as a player but as a commentator as well, so it’s very apt that we’ve just been tested for skin cancer.

“As cricket players we spend a lot of time out in the sun in the summer so it’s definitely beneficial for the lads to see the doctors and get checked out.”

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