Tony Greig (Oct 1946 – 2012), was a Test Cricketer and more recently a sports commentator who was born in South Africa of Scottish parents, which enabled him to represent the England. He played for the side in 58 Tests, he also was Captain of England 14 times between 1975 – 1977.
Tony Greig was generous with the time he spent with his many fans, Cricket Memorabilia associated with some of Tony Greig’s best performances is usually available, signed cricket bats, presentations and autographs featuring Test matches, Kerry Packer World series, Border, Eastern Province and Sussex CCC.
Educated at Queens College Queenstown SA, Greig came to England for a trial with Sussex, he was soon selected and in his first County Championship match in 1967, Sussex v Lancs at Hove he scored 156 runs in 225 minutes. this was the beginning of an unforgettable career.
Cricket collectables from the early County matches are popular as are any associated with his more illustrious Test series performances. His Test debut (cap 452) was in the 1972 England v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62 runs) and taking 5 wickets, the series was drawn 2/2, during his Test career as an all-rounder, he scored 3599 runs at 40.3, taking 141 wickets at 32.2, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975.
Tony Greig was always controversial; in the autumn of 1976 assisted by Australia skipper Gregg Chappell he played a key part in recruiting some major England and International cricketers to join Kerry Packers World Series Cricket, this was the start of the rebel series 1977 -79, the series was a result of Packer's dispute with the Australian Cricket Board over his Channel 9 bid to televise Australian Test matches during 1976. As it turned out WSI became a significant point in the evolution of cricket bringing many benefits, players pay dramatically improved and one day matches became more focused, often played on floodlit pitches, the players wearing a variety of sponsored coloured clothing and bowling white cricket balls.
Cricket collectables from the “rebel series” are always popular and do seem relatively prolific I currently have signed tour itineraries, cricket autographs and some signed scorecards. The cricketing establishment were incensed by these developments leading to Tony Greig being stripped of the England captaincy. Such was the controversy that the ICC refused to recognise these matches as first class and warned that those taking part would be disqualified from playing Test and First Class cricket.
Tony Greig’s high profile commentary role with the Australian Nine Network possibly stems the relationship he formed with Kerry Packer back in the “Rebel days”.
Tony Greig will be sadly missed in the cricketing world.