Sydney:Richie Benaud, the former Australia Test captain long considered the doyen of cricket commentators, will call stumps on his TV work next year.
"I love it and when you get a season like we've just had, well, that's absolutely terrific," the 78-year-old Benaud told Macquarie Radio on Wednesday. "I'll be doing Australian cricket next year, 2010, but I don't do any television at all anywhere else now and when I finish next year, then I'll be doing other things.
"That'll be no more television commentary."
Benaud retired from international cricket in 1964 and later moved into TV commentary, reportedly recruited by Kerry Packer to add credibility to the entrepreneur's breakaway World Series Cricket competition in 1977.
Benaud's fame as a commentator has even eclipsed that of his playing days, with his signature calm and spare style having become a staple of cricket broadcasting in Australia and England. He retired from English commentary in 2005.
Benaud, who played 63 Tests for Australia and was the first allrounder to achieve the double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets in Test cricket, has been inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame.