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Full name Thomas Greenhough
Born November 9, 1931, Cronkey Shaw, Rochdale, Lancashire
Died September 15, 2009 (aged 77 years 310 days)
Major teams England, Lancashire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||England v India at Nottingham, Jun 4-8, 1959 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 18-23, 1960 scorecard|
|First-class span||1951 - 1966|
|List A span||1963 - 1963|
Tommy Greenhough had the misfortune to be a legspinner with a decent googly in an era when the art was increasingly considered unfashionable. He extracted considerable turn, all coming at the end of a lengthy approach, and twice took 100 wickets in a season. His four Tests, all played at home, came relatively early - three against India in 1959 and one the following summer against South Africa. In his second Test, at Lord's, he took 5 for 35 in India's first innings, and in all his 16 wickets cost only 22.31. But defensive finger-spinners were the vogue, and that, and his poor batting, meant he was considered a luxury. His claims were not helped by finger injuries.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.