Gregory Michael Ritchie
(born 23 January 1960, Stanthorpe, Queensland
) is a former Australian cricketer
who played in 30 Tests
and 44 ODI
from 1982 to 1987.
Ritchie played for Queensland
between 1980 and 1992. He scored 10,170 runs in his first class cricket
career at an average of 44.21 including 24 centuries and 54 fifties. In the year 2000 he was named as one of the seven greatest Sheffield Shield
run scorers in Queensland history for amassing over 6,000 runs for his state.
Ritchie was affectionately known as "Fat Cat" due to his burly build. He was selected for Australia's 1982-83 tour of Pakistan as a middle-order batsman replacement for Greg Chappell
. He scored his first century, 106 not out, in his second Test at Faisalabad
. He was a fixture in the middle order between 1985 and 1987 that included the 1985 The Ashes
tour to England, where he scored his highest score 146 at Nottingham
and the 1986-87 England tour of Australia.
He was famously referred to by Alan Border
at the 1986 Madras Tied Test
versus India. Batsman Dean Jones
was contemplating going off "retired ill" after vomiting at the crease and Border suggested that "a tough Queenslander" (Ritchie) could hack the conditions instead. Jones stayed on and scored a double century.
Greg was well known outside cricket as an after dinner speaker and a travel agent. He also had a successful media career after playing. He played a... Read More