England news October 20, 2012

Greig diagnosed with lung cancer

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Tony Greig, the former England captain, has been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer and will undergo a biopsy later this week to determine at what stage the disease is at and what the required course of action would be.

"I have had a few scrapes in my life and this is another one," Greig told the Sunday Telegraph. "[His wife] Vivian and I are going to put the boxing gloves on and fight this like we've never fought anything before."

Greig, who is currently a well-known television commentator, was initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May. His condition did not improve and tests following the World Twenty20 revealed that he has a lesion on his right lung. On his return to Australia from the tournament, he had "a lot of fluid" drained from the lung, and further testing revealed he had cancer.

Greig said he was unsure if he will be working over the Australian summer, as commentator, with Channel Nine: "At this stage, the summer is totally up in the air. My priority, 100%, is my family. They will come first."

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  • SPA001 on October 23, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Tony Greig alongside Ian Chappell and Geoff Boycott has been the guy worth listening to who appreciates the modern cricket. As a South African-born England all-rounder, he had five tough years 1972-77 and it was the distraction of Kerry Packer's World Series that finished him as a worthy all-rounder. His Test figures carry more weight compared to Ian Botham, who struggled to match his early spark and was a burden to English cricket after the 1986-87 winter. Best wishes and speedy recovery to Tony Greig for he excelled both as a cricketer and a commentator and would be welcomed all around the world for his enthusiastic tone.

  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    God Bless !!!! All Sri Lankans love you, Your Great Commentator,

  • dummy4fb on October 22, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    He has been fantastic for Cricket wish him well.

  • CricketMaan on October 22, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    'Whadddda Playyaaa!!!' and 'Ohh thatz gonna looong way' when Sach hit Kaspo in that Sharja Sand strom are two fav TG moments..Get well soon Tony.

  • akelumw on October 22, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Although you were born in South Africa and played for England and now live in Australia for all of us in Sri Lanka you are another son of our soil. You are our friend and our man and our ambassador always.......... So it's really sad to hear such a news.

    And this is from all Sri Lankan Cricket Lovers.........

    WE NEED TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AGAIN.......... CRICKET COMMENTARY WOULD NEVER BE SAME AGAIN IF YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT.......... BLESSINGS OF 20 MILLION OF SRI LANKANS ARE WITH YOU......... FIGHT TO THE FULLEST AND.......PLEASE GET WELL SOON............ OUR FRIEND........... GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on October 22, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    afs_talyarkhan my experience similar except it was at Port of spain 1974 that this blonde giraffe along with a few others opened my eyes to cricket . like many of my peer group AWG was the personality of our cricketing infancy . Lack of Tv coverage overseas and later the packer affair meant that this fighting smiling freak of nature gladiator (who chris martin jenkins once wondered if his next move would be to walk on water ) is less revered than his exploits merited . the sadness i felt in reading this news is perhaps the realisation that the superhuman giant of my innocent years was simply a mere mortal .

  • anver777 on October 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Cricket lovers like you alot....... be brave & hope to see you soon!!! wishing you a speedy recovery !!!!!!!!

  • colombo_SL on October 22, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Wish you a quick recovery Tony! Sri Lanka's world cup final defeat is so sad. This news is more sad than that for me. We love you Tony, very much!

  • yohandf1984 on October 22, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    As almost every other Sri Lankan , he is my favorite cricket commentator . It s his voice which prompted me listen English commentaries . So hope that he d recover very soon and be able entertain us with magic commentaries .

  • vladtepes on October 22, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    time to make this disease grovel

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