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Greig's last Lord's performance Published: 29 December 2012

Greig's last Lord's performance

Tony Greig's last great performance at Lord's came just six months before his untimely death when he delivered his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

Almost 35 years to the day since his last Test appearance at the Home of Cricket, Greig took to the lectern in the Nursery Pavilion and delivered a speech as impassioned, forthright and imposing as his fine 91 against Australia back in 1977.

Watch: Greig's SoC Cowdrey Lecture below



"Give your hand to cricket and it will take you on the most fantastic journey," Greig implored the 400 or so packed into the room, before appealing to India to "embrace the Spirit of Cricket" in its leadership of the game.

Despite airing his concerns about leadership within the sport and worries over its image however, Greig's address retained an underlying sense of optimism for the future of the game in the 21st century, in keeping with the progressive nature of a man who helped instigate the Kerry Packer revolution.

At the age of 65 and still heavily involved in cricket through his idiosyncratic and much adored media work, Greig would have hoped to survey the sport's progress from the commentary box for some years to come.

However, by October he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and his death aged 66 of a heart attack in Sydney, Australia has robbed cricket of one of its most charismatic personalities too soon.


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