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AFP
May 16, 2018

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Bill Lawry’s graceful broadcasting exit

SYDNEY: Bill Lawry, the former Australian captain and longtime commentator, has confirmed his retirement from cricket broadcasting after knocking back offers from the Seven and Fox Sports networks to cover the game after Channel Nine’s loss of free-to-air television rights after 40 years.

Ultimately, it was the connection to Nine that stopped Lawry from going elsewhere to continue as a commentator, where even at the age of 81 he remained one of the most vibrant and compelling of the network's cricket callers.

He leaves behind a legacy of joining Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket revolution, followed by years behind the microphone alongside the likes of Richie Benaud, Tony Greig and Ian Chappell, setting a standard of enthusiasm and showmanship that many have tried unsuccessfully to emulate.

"Yes I am [retiring]. I've had 40 great years at Channel Nine and been very lucky and I think the time’s just right," Lawry told SEN Radio. "I think it's just been such a wonderful journey and I don't want to spoil a great journey. I've seen the best cricketers for the last 40 years, I've been through the Packer years, I've commentated with guys like Ian Healy and Mark Taylor and all the new boys and it's just been a wonderful journey I never really expected. "I've had a phone call or two, which is fair enough, and I said no because Channel Nine's been my home, I've been very happy there and I think when you've had such an enjoyable trip, at 81 years of age I think it's just the time to call it quits.

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