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Greig diagnosed with cancer

2012-10-20 13:51

Cape Town - Former England captian and well known cricket commentator Tony Greig has been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.

Greig, 66, 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's website. "Vivian (his wife) and I are going to put the boxing gloves on and fight this like we've never fought anything before."

He first became aware he had a problem when he commentated on Australia's one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September. Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka earlier this month, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.

When he returned to Australia from the tournament, he had "a lot of fluid" drained from the lung, and further tests revealed he had cancer.

The South African-born Greig is a household name in Australia after defecting to be one of the spearheads of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket in 1977.

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

The Proteas tackle Australia in a three-Test series there from next month.

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Comments
  • peter.lombard.12 - 2012-10-21 00:31

    One of the very few unbaised commentators. Hold strong Tony. Praying for you. Remember your family from Stirling Primary days in East London....played in your net in the garden!!

  • peter.lombard.12 - 2012-10-21 00:35

    One of the very few unbaised cricket commentators around. Stay strong, Tony. Praying for you and your family. Remember you and Andrew? from playing in your cricket net in East London, around 1965 while your brother and I were at Stirling Primary.

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