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“Tony Greig: A reappraisal of English crickets’ most controversial captain” by David Tossell

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Book Details:
  • ISBN: 9781908051011
  • Publication date: 1st April 2011
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Pitch Publishing

 

Review by Ben " Chalky " White

The era of the late 70s and early 80s has always interested me and Greig is central to this cricketing era. Yes, he was controversial and yes, he was a “foreign captain” (South African born) but there is no mistaking how important he was to today’s modern game. Alongside Kerry Packer he started World Series Cricket which caused a massive rift between players and country boards but it put player power on the map and gave them the prestige and remuneration they perhaps deserved. Without it there wouldn’t be coloured clothing, marketing and tv coverage and vast somes of money – good or bad?

Along the way Greig was also one of England’s most successful all rounders. His statistical comparison is similar to Botham and Flintoff, yet he is never considered one of our best. He single handedly (often self proclaimed!) took on the fast bowling of Australia and West Indies during this time.

He was a larger than life person and often misunderstood. This book addresses all of the issues, controversies and performances of the man with some interesting anecdotes and past player interviews. It’s a well laid out book and goes someone to explaining the drive and beliefs of the man.

8 Chalk Marks

 

Synopsis

Tony Greig is remembered as the colourful captain who led cricket into its biggest crisis of the last century. An all-rounder who mixed boldness with belligerence, he was the first South African to skipper England, restoring national pride with victory in India after poundings at the hands of Australia and the West Indies. A controversial and charismatic competitor whose "make them grovel" comment about the West Indies signalled trouble, he later lost the captaincy for recruiting players for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. More than three decades later, now a leading television commentator, Greig has never been fully absolved. Featuring many new interviews, including with Greig himself, the book asks whether cricket history judges the accomplished all-rounder fairly, or is coloured by off-field controversies. Tony Greig offers a compelling portrait of a fascinating cricketing era - and was shortlisted for Best Cricket Book at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards.

About The Author

David Tossell is the author of ten books, four of which have been shortlisted in the British Sports Book Awards: Bertie Mee (best biography), Grovel! and Tony Greig (best cricket book), and Nobody Beats Us (best rugby book). A sports journalist for more than three decades, David is currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL.

Availability

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