As the tributes pour in from around the world the Bradman Foundation remembers the integral contribution of Tony Greig to the Museum and the creation of the new World Series Cricket (WSC) exhibition, ‘Packer, Lights, Action’. Tony was an essential figure in the creation of Kerry Packer’s WSC which revolutionised how the game was played. With the introduction of coloured clothing, night cricket and a limited over format Tony was a pioneer is transforming the ‘old English’ game.
After being named a ‘traitor’ by the cricket authorities in England Tony re-located to Australia where he became a popular figure both on the field and later in the commentary box. With the recent TV series ‘HOWZAT: Kerry Packers War’ which portrayed one version of what happened during the WSC era, Tony has been working with the Bradman Museum to make sure the ‘correct’ story was being told through the new exhibit. Without his knowledgeable insights the exhibition would not have been able to develop a ‘true’ portrayal of the WSC story. Tony was also very generous to the Bradman Museum loaning a number of WSC items and trophies to the exhibition.
Famous for his pitch reports which featured his signature ‘key in the wicket’ and his wide brim hat Tony will be deeply missed by the cricketing world.
Born in Queenstown, South Africa before later moving to England and then Australia Tony touched many cricketers the world over.
At the age of only 66 this world famous cricketer, captain and commentator passed away after suffering a heart attack on Saturday 29th December 2012 only months after being diagnosed with Lung Cancer in October.
In memory of Tony the Museum Flags, like those all around the cricketing world, will be flying at half-mast. The thoughts and prayers from the Bradman Foundation and Museum Staff go out to Tony’s wife Vivien and all his family.
If you would like to pay a personal tribute to Tony Greig please place a comment below, on our Facebook page or visit the Museum (all tributes made within the Museum will be posted below).
(Photo from the Viv Jenkins Collection).