Tony Greig

Tony Greig


Tony Greig

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Anthony "Tony" William Greig (born 6 October 1946) is a former English Test cricketer and currently a commentator.

Born in Queenstown, South Africa, Greig qualified to play for England by virtue of his Scottish father. He was a tall () batting all-rounder who bowled both medium pace and off spin. He became captain of the national side from 1975 to 1977, and was also captain of Sussex. Greig's younger brother Ian also played Test cricket.

He was a sometimes controversial figure. His most daring act was when he helped Kerry Packer start World Series Cricket by signing up many of his English colleagues as well as West Indian and Pakistan cricketers, a move which cost him the captaincy of England. He is also noted for a controversial run-out of Alvin Kallicharran in a Test match against the West Indies in 1974. He also clashed with Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee on the 1974–75 Ashes tour in Australia.

Early life and career

Greig was born to a Scottish immigrant father and a South African-born mother and educated at , Queenstown, South Africa; the choice of this school decided his cricket destiny. Many ex-Sussex players had been recruited to coach the cricket team at Queen's College: during Greig's schooldays, Jack Oakes, Alan Oakman, Ian Thomson, Ron Bell, Richard Langridge and Mike Buss all came out for a winter of work in the...
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