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Honours Board story: Greig 1974 Published: 24 June 2012

Ahead of his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Tuesday 26 June, Lords.org takes a walk down memory lane to recall Tony Greig's ton against India in 1974.

In one of the most one-sided matches in Lord's history, Greig was one of three centurions as they wracked up 629 in the first innings.

India were later bowled out for just 42 in their second innings to succumb to a massive innings and 285-run defeat. Having arrived as the leading side in the world, it was one of the lowest moments in their Test history.

Greig, batting at number six, arrived at the crease with the score already on a massive 369/4. Dennis Amiss had set the tone at the top of the order with 188, with John Edrich adding 96 more.

From an already strong position, Greig's subsequent partnership of 202 with captain Mike Denness, who made 118, put the game well and truly in England's hands.

Wisden described Greig's ton, his fourth in Test matches, as "solid and robust, he always looked in masterly form."

The South Africa born batsman was in one of his best periods as an England player. It was his third century in five Test matches after back-to-back tons in the West Indies during the winter.

It was this form which saw the Sussex all-rounder appointed England skipper a year later.


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