According to sports commentator and journalist Brian Murgatroyd, former captain and cricket commentator Tony Greig faces the biggest battle of overcoming lung cancer.
In his column in Pakpassion.net, Murgatroyd recalled that as a nine year-old boy, he watched Greig playing in a Test match against Australia at Old Trafford, which has not only stayed with him ever since but has also helped to shape the rest of his life.
AdvertisementOn the occasion that still lives in Murgatroyd mind's-eye now, Greig made perfect contact with the delivery from Max Walker and it flew to the cover boundary like a rocket.
"Wow!" I said out loud. And it was at that moment, whether consciously or not, I said to myself: "Cricket? That will do for me," wrote Murgatroyd.
He says Greig has made his living covering the game, having done so for more than 30 years since retiring as a player, a retirement hastened by the fall-out from World Series Cricket, a project he backed from the outset and which has helped shape the modern game we love today.
"As a player, the willingness to battle, to stand toe-to-toe with the opposition, Greig always seemed to bristle, invariably chewing gum, with his collar upturned. When he batted, there was no crouching in his stance; instead he stood upright with bat raised, a legacy of his enormous six-feet, six-inch frame that meant crouching was actually a significant discomfort," wrote Murgatroyd.
In 58 Tests - and he never missed one from his first to his last, over six years - Greig scored 3599 runs at 40.43 including those eight hundreds, and took 141 wickets at 32.20 each, Murgatroyd said.
"Tony has always loved a battle. Let's hope this latest one is another he will win," he concluded.