6 Best Australian Sports Commentators Of All Time

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Australia is known for being a sports-mad country, so we have listed our top six sports commentators of all time, who we believe stand above the rest.

There are some iconic names on the list, starting with the number one pick, who was famous all around the world for his distinctive style.

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1. Richie Benaud

Often regarded as one of the greatest cricket commentators of all time, Richie Benaud was a former Australian cricketer and captain who went on to become a household name in the world of cricket commentary. He was known for his insightful analysis, dry wit, and his ability to make even the most mundane moments in a cricket match seem interesting.

Benaud’s voice was synonymous with cricket for over four decades and he was loved by fans all over the world for his in-depth knowledge of the game and his ability to bring a touch of humour to the commentary box.

There isn’t a cricket pundit who hasn’t tried to copy his distinctive voice.

2. Dennis Cometti

Dennis Cometti is a legendary AFL commentator. His unique style made him one of the most recognizable voices in Australian sport. Cometti’s ability to paint a picture with his words and bring the action to life has made him a beloved figure among AFL fans, and he has been a staple of AFL broadcasts for over three decades.

There isn’t an AFL fan around who doesn’t know Cometti, which is why he ranks second on the list.

3. Ray Warren

Ray Warren, also known as “Rabs,” is a legendary rugby league commentator who had been calling the action for over 40 years until he recently retired. He has been the voice of the NRL for most of its existence, including NRL, State of Origin, and Test league.

Rabs is known for his passionate commentary, his encyclopedic knowledge of the game, and his ability to bring the excitement of rugby league to life for fans. Despite having a fear of flying, he would regularly make trips around the country to provide his call.

4. Bruce McAvaney

McAvaney is a veteran sports commentator who has covered a range of sports, including AFL, horse racing, and Olympic Games. He is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and articulate sports commentators in Australia, and his passion for the sports he covers is palpable.

He has a smooth and confident delivery that has made him a popular figure among sports fans, and he is known for his ability to bring the drama and excitement of the game to life. He has been a mainstay of Australian sports broadcasting for over 30 years and has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to the industry.

We love seeing his AFL and horse racing commentary, where he often interviews the biggest names in the sport, especially on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.

5. Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire might be best known for hosting Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but he’s a quality AFL commentator and chat show host. He is a passionate AFL fan and has been a mainstay of AFL broadcasts for many years. He is known for his humour, and his ability to make even the most mundane moments in a match seem interesting.

McGuire is a huge supporter of the Collingwood Magpies and is always seen in the crowd riding his team home with passion.

6. Bill Lawry

Bill Lawry is a former Australian cricketer who went on to become one of the most recognizable voices in cricket commentary. Lawry played for Victoria and Australia before becoming a commentator, where he provided excellent insight. He did radio for Channel 7 and Channel 0 Melbourne, before joining Channel 9.

“Got him!” and “Yes, he’s gone!” are his most popular catchphrases.

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About Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA - English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism. Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 - with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl's tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he's not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.