|Tony Lewis was born in Swansea in 1938 and was educated at Neath Grammar School and Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in History and won Blues in rugby and cricket. He played first-class rugby for Gloucester and Pontypool. His first-class cricket career, from 1955 to 1974 saw him captain Glamorgan to only their second ever county championship title in 1969 and win nine caps for England, eight as captain.
On retiring from the game he became the Sunday Telegraph’s correspondent from 1975 to 1993 and spent twenty-five years broadcasting on sport for BBC mainly as presenter of television cricket coverage and also, for a decade, he was the inaugural presenter of SPORT ON FOUR. He was President of MCC from 1998-2000 and Chairman of MCC’s World Cricket Committee which he initiated and chaired from 2006 – 2011 before retiring as an honorary Life Vice-President of the Club. For eight years he chaired the Wales Tourist Board and was Chairman of the successful Welsh Ryder Cup bid as well as being Captain of the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. He is currently a weekly columnist in the Trinity Mirror publication, the Western Mail.
He lives in mid-Glamorgan with his wife Joan. Their two daughters, Joanna and Anabel, both work in sport.
DOUBLE CENTURY: THE STORY OF MCC AND CRICKET– Buy it here
This is an account of the MCC which had its origins in an aristocrat’s club in Islington and later became the organizing body for cricket around the world. It covers historical insights, controversies, personalities and a discussion of the prospects that face cricket as it enters its third century. The author represented MCC on tours to India, Pakistan and Ceylon when he led England in eight test matches and is now a member of the BBC’s Test match commentary team.
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
PUBLICATION DATE: 1 June 1987
CRICKET IN MANY LANDS – Buy it here
The author analyzes the world of cricket, recording England’s decline as an international force, following the events of the Packer revolution and the tangles of the South Africa debate, forecasting the shape of county cricket and describing the skills of some of the game’s finest players.
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
PUBLICATION DATE: 21 November 1991
A SUMMER OF CRICKET
PUBLISHER: Pelham Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 16 February 1976
PUBLICATION DATE: 24 October 1985
MCC MASTERCLASS: THE NEW MCC COACHING BOOK- Buy it here
MCC Masterclass is a unique book on cricket and how it is played. It unites, under the auspices of the MCC and the sympathetic, knowledgeable direction of Tony Lewis, the talents and experiences of eleven international cricketers.
Each player describes and enlarges upon his own speciality – in the cases of Vivian Richards and David Gower, these are respectively, ‘the natural approach to batting’ and `attacking play`. In the same batting chapter Geoffrey Boycott analyses ‘technique and strokes’, from how to grip the bat and play the shots, to preparing to bat and building an innings.
Dennis Lillee opens the bowling chapter by posing the question, ‘can you bowl fast?’, before showing how to test this out and prove it to yourself. Richard Hadlee offers a checklist for ‘preparing your mind and body for bowling’ and writes a particularly fascinating section on ‘reading the batsman’. Both he and Ray Illingworth (on off-spin) point out how ‘the art of bowling is the study of batsmen’.
All the famous contributors underline how cricket properly played should be both aggressive and fun. On the spirit of the game, Geoffrey Boycott says ‘think positively, as he points out that ‘part of the beauty of the batting is to be able to play fast and short-pitched bowling’. And Richie Benaud adds, ‘more important than anything else I have written is the little phrase “enjoy your cricket”‘.
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1994
TAKING FRESH GUARD
Tony Lewis has reached the top of English cricket as a player captaining his country, as a commentator for the BBC, and as an administrator becoming President of the MCC. But even these bare outlines do not do justice to the full range of his career, as a musician, rugby player, head of the Welsh Tourist Board, and much else besides. In this memoir, Tony Lewis takes us through key episodes in his life, showing how chance moments have shaped much that followed. This is the account of one man’s remarkable life and of the sport he loves so much. He recalls the great characters he has met throughout his career, and gives his vision of a way forward for English cricket.
PUBLICATION DATE: June 2003