29 December 2012 will go down as a very sad day in Australian cricket.
The announcement late in the afternoon of the 29th that former England Captain and Australian cricket commentator Tony Greig had died of a massive heart attack at the age of 66 was a shock to all cricket lovers in Australia. Tony Greg was a larger-than-life figure and when he was captain of England was much reviled in Australia but in a very respectful manner. I’ll never forget the day that he was bowled out by Jeff Thompson with a “sandshoe crusher” and that was something spectacular watch as his stumps fell over.
As a commentator Tony Greig was always interesting. He was very knowledgeable of the game and always added value to the cricketing experience. It was marvellous to listen to his insights and he had a rye and sharp sense of humour. I’m sure his fellow commentators on channel nine will miss him dearly.
The other side sad announcement of the day was that Australian cricketer mike Hussey will be ending his international career at the end of the third and final test with Sri Lanka at the Sydney cricket ground. Mike Hussey, aka Mr cricket, has been a marvellous player always providing entertainment and much excitement to those that love the game.
A sad and memorable day for Australian cricket.