Full Name

Anthony Robert Lewis


July 06, 1938, Uplands, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales


83y 78d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style





Most people remember Tony Lewis as the smooth, unsullied face of the BBC's Test coverage in the 1990s. But he was also the last man to captain England on Test debut. That was at Delhi in 1972-73, when Lewis got a duck - and then guided England to victory with 70 not out in the second innings on Christmas Day. He added his only Test century at Kanpur later in that series, but played only nine Tests in all. In a long career with Glamorgan he led them by example, both on and off the field, including captaining them to the Championship in 1969. He was also a good rugby player - he was a double Blue - and went on to play club rugby for Neath, Pontypool and Gloucester, before a knee injury forced him to concentrate on his cricket. That knee problem led to him withdrawing from the England side after one Test in 1973, and Glamorgan only offered him a match-by-match contract at the end of that season. He retired in July 1974, and moved effortlessly into the media, as a writer and broadcaster. After a long career with the BBC, including one unfortunate four-letter outburst live on air in 1991, he became president of MCC, and then chairman of the Welsh Tourist Board.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A9390420619623.96012270
List A9314160---6.85-000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1955 - 1974
List A Matches
1963 - 1974


Tom Graveney, Tony Lewis and Enid Wooller at the opening of the Wilf Wooller Memorial Gates.
Tony Lewis, Tony Blair, Lord MacLaurin and Jagmohan Dalmiya at the 1999 World Cup opening ceremony
Tony Lewis drives on his way to 125, India v England, 4th Test, 1972-73
Tony Lewis sweeps on his way to 70*
Tony Lewis, Alan Jones and Don Shepherd depart for an MCC tour of the Far East