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Tony Greig
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Personal information
Full name Anthony William Greig
Born 6 October 1946
Queenstown, Cape Province, South Africa
Died 29 December 2012(2012-12-29) (aged 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Right-arm off break
Role All-rounder
Relations Ian Greig (brother)
Norman Curry (brother-in-law)
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 452) 8 June 1972 v Australia
Last Test 30 August 1977 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 15) 24 August 1972 v Australia
Last ODI 6 June 1977 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1965–1970 Border
1966–1978 Sussex
1970–1972 Eastern Province
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 58 22 350 190
Runs scored 3,599 269 16,660 3,899
Batting average 40.43 16.81 31.19 24.67
100s/50s 8/20 –/– 26/96 3/21
Top score 148 48 226 129
Balls bowled 9,802 916 52,513 8,435
Wickets 141 19 856 244
Bowling average 32.20 32.57 28.85 23.15
5 wickets in innings 6 0 33 3
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 8 n/a
Best bowling 8/86 4/45 8/25 6/28
Catches/stumpings 87/– 7/– 345/– 88/–
Source: Cricinfo, 28 October 2009

Anthony William "Tony" Greig (6 October 1946 - 29 December 2012) was an England Test cricket captain turned commentator. Born in South Africa, Greig qualified to play for the English national team by virtue of his Scottish parentage. He was a tall (6 feet 6 inches or 1.98 metres) batting all-rounder who bowled both medium pace and off spin. Greig was captain of England from 1975 to 1977, and also captained Sussex. His younger brother, Ian Greig, also played Test cricket, while several other members of his extended family played at first-class level.

A leading player in English county cricket, Greig is thought by some former players and pundits to have been one of England's leading international all-rounders. He was also, however, a sometimes controversial figure. He helped Kerry Packer start World Series Cricket by signing up many of his English colleagues as well as West Indian and Pakistani cricketers, a move which cost him the England captaincy. He is also noted for a controversial run-out of Alvin Kallicharran in a Test Match against the West Indies in 1974, and often clashed with Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee on the 1974–75 Ashes Tour in Australia. His infamous "grovel" statement in the lead-up to the 1976 tour of England by the West Indies was met with severe criticism.

Greig became a commentator following the end of his playing career, later emigrating to Australia. A long-term sufferer of epilepsy, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2012. Greig died in Sydney, New South Wales, on 29 December 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by a suspected heart attack.

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