Tony Greig's Most Memorable Moments

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Tony Greig's Most Memorable Moments


FORMER England captain Tony Greig was one of the most colourful cricketing characters of his, or any other, era. A physically striking presence on and off the field, he found himself thrust into centre stage on more occasions than most. Here, we look back on some of the unforgettable incidents in his storied career.

WORLD SERIES CRICKET The competition that revolutionised cricket in 1977, though not without significant opposition and controversy, was given a huge boost by Greig's decision to sign for Kerry Packer's technicolour extravaganza. Having already agreed deals with a host of Australian players, Greig's presence gave WSC international credibility and a well-respected cheerleading voice. News of Greig's decision saw him stripped of the England captaincy as well as costing him a lucrative benefit year.

MAKING THE WEST INDIES "GROVEL" As he later went on to prove with his gloriously entertaining brand of commentary, Greig had a way with words. But the days of intensive media training were a long way off in 1976 when he spoke about his plan to undermine the all-conquering West Indies in a forthcoming Test series. Warming to his theme he said: "If they get on top, they are magnificent cricketers. But if they're down, they grovel, and I intend, with the help of Closey and a few others, to make them grovel." West Indies took great delight in peppering Greig with short-pitched bowling on their way to a 3-0 win. …

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