The Soundtrack of Summer will never be the same as news filters through of the death of former England captain and respected commentator Tony Greig. Many Australians first saw him in his youth as the stubborn resistor of our mighty bowling attack in the 1970’s, a cunning medium-pace bowler and a fielder not to be trifled with.
All this was to change with the advent of World Series cricket which lit up the cricketing landscape. After his retirement he switched to commentary and never looked back, becoming a national identity in Australia, from foe to friend in our living rooms. His role in the cricket revolution and sacrifices he made was brilliantly portrayed in the recent mini-series Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War.
His views on the game became stuff of legend, full of good humour and rich insight while his enthusiasm for the Australian way of life never ceased throughout his life.
FROM THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Greig, who played a senior role in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket revolution and was a distinctive voice in cricket broadcasting, was diagnosed with the illness in October.
He did not join the Channel Nine commentary team this summer.
Born in Queenstown, South Africa, he trialled for Sussex in 1965 as a teenager and set himself the goal of representing England, which he did in 58 Tests between 1972 and 1977.
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