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  • Tony Greig - England Test Cricketer

    Posted on December 29, 2012 by Selby

    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”.

    He continued his commentary work until recently intermingled with spells at Sky Sports and Channel 4.

    Tony Greig will be sadly missed in the cricketing world.

    Tony Selby .

    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, bodyline series, don bradman cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, tony greig, gregg chappell, South Africa Cricket

  • England v India at Eden Gardens

    Posted on December 4, 2012 by Selby

    Cricket memorabilia will be significant at the Kolkata Test

    England has won just one of nine Test Matches at Eden Gardens, thanks to Tony Greig’s side in 1977, which makes Wednesdays 3rd test a significant hurdle. Whether or not changing a winning England side is the answer is a matter of conjecture, I personally feel that with Steve Finn back and fully fit he should be included in the team, having sat out the first two tests his pace is needed in the 3rd.Stuart Broad failed to take a single wicket against India in the first two tests which rather confirms the problems pace bowlers are having with the subcontinent wickets

    The general consensus among staff and players is that the Eden Gardens wicket in fact will initially suited to pace.

    Tendulkar has been going through a abysmal phase and I would be expecting big things from him this week, he is quoted at 5/1 by Paddy Power to be top India scorer I think that’s a good price as is Kevin Pieterson at 100/30. The bet I like most is Monty Panesar at 12/1 for man of the match.

    On another note best of luck to Ricky Ponting on his retirement after the Perth Test, it is a shame his last series ended in defeat by South Africa. Ricky has played 168 matches and leaves as the 2nd highest scorer in Test cricket. His record as a captain is excellent winning 48 tests and 164 ODI’s together with World Cup successes in 2003 and 2007.

    Tony Selby

    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, cricket collectables, Sachin Tendulkar, ricky ponting, tony greig, stuart broad

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