Tony Greig (England Captain and Commentator)

Tony Greig (England Captain and Commentator)

Introduction & Career

Anthony William “Tony” Greig was born in October  1946) best known for Captaining England Team and doing Commentary for Australian Television “9 World of Sports”. He made commentary very stylish with his lovely style and Australian accent. He was originally born in South Africa and was interested in cricket from young age. He was 6 foot tall 6 inches. He was a tall batsman and a medium pace bowler too. He captained England from 1975-77. He migrated to Australia after his retirement and thrilled with world with his amazing commentary style.

Tony made his test and ODI debut against Australia in 1972. He also played his last test in 1977 against Australia. From his early career, he ran into controversies with West Indian and Australia cricketers.He was a key player for England in 1974 against Pakistan. He was famous for giving shocks to Aussie bowlers like Dennis Lilly and Jeff Thomson. He played in the first world cup in 1975 for England. In 1977 Greig toured India and made amens for not playing well against India previously. He was instantly loved by the Indian crowd as well.He played the “Super Test Final” as his very last match in the game of cricket in 1979.

Kerry Packer controversy

The Kerry packer controversy started when Tony Greig helped Kerry Packer (The owner of Nine  Network in Australia) starting the World Series Cricket. He was joined by a large number of West Indian, Pakistani and Indian cricketers. That move affected his career adversely and he was replaced from the captaincy of England team for doing this.

Post Retirement Years And Commentary

Kerry Packer was a good friend of Tony Greig and he therefore offered him a job to work as a commentator after his retirement. Greig accepted with a smile and kept doing that job for the rest of his life cheerfully.Greig also commented for Sky Sports England in 2012 during his final years.” The Tony Greig Show for Cricinfo really mattered to him and his views were admired by people. His most favourite sentence was : ‘Give your hand to the cricket and it will take you on the most fantastic journey.” Outside the cricket ground, he was an active board member of Epilepsy Action Australia for 19 years. He also promoted Sirilankan tourism by giving his services as brand ambassador for which he received 10,000 US dollars.

Death And Lung Cancer

During his commentary Tony also mentioned Sirilanka as a great tourist destination. He was very popular commentator and a jolly fellow loved equally by Pakistani , Indian  and Sirilankan fans. Unfortunately he developed swear coughs in May 2012 while he was still busy in his commentary work and other social commitments Bronchitis was discovered finally when doctors did his diagnosis.His right lung was badly damaged and was declared to be affected with cancer. He still had a contract for commentary in the T20 world cup 2012 which was won by West Indies in September. Greig somehow successfully completed that tournament which was his last commentary in any world cup. In November, he underwent an operation for cancer.

During the Ashes series 2012-13, his good old buddies like Bill Lawry, Ian chappel, Mark Taylor and many more missed him and constantly talked about his health on the television. In an interview with Nine Network TV during the cricket match, he finally told his fellows that all is not good and he will not be available for commentary this summer. At St Vincent Hospital, Greig died in Sydney on 29 December 2012. According to doctors he had a cardiac arrest. His age was 66 at that time. It was an untimely death and the world of cricket will miss his voice for long time in the commentary box.




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