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Posted on | January 10, 2013 | 3 Comments
Tony Greig was a fearless, combative cricketer but also someone who played the game with good humour and loved a challenge.
He was a competitor in every respect. I spoke to him recently about cancer because I know how difficult it is to get your head around being diagnosed with the disease. I talked about how he had to keep his chin up and stay positive. He was upbeat and ready to do the best he could.
Over Christmas he sent a message to friends that had been filmed in his garden. He was playing table tennis with his son and looking well.
Tony was mentally ready to tackle the disease and prepared for his chemotherapy in the new year. His death has come as a huge shock.
I remember him as an excellent cricketer. I don’t say nice things about people just because they have passed away. I tell the truth and Tony was a far better player than many people realise.
He was also a far better player than some people want to give him credit for because even after all these years they have not forgiven him for leading the Kerry Packer revolution.