, the great all-rounder cricketer, died of a heart attack. This was following an earlier report that he was suffering from lung cancer, as reported by the Independent
. Greig was rushed to St Vincent's hospital in Sydney but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, according to a statement
issued by Greig's wife Vivian.
Tony Greig was born in Queenstown, South Africa in 1946 (he qualified to play cricket for England through Scottish parents). Greig was a tall (6 feet 6 inches) and he bowled both medium pace and off spin. Greig played 58 Tests for England from 1972-77. Of these, 14 tests were as captain. He was also captain of Sussex.
According to the BBC
, Greig scored 3,599 Test runs at an average of 40.43, took 141 wickets with his off-spin and medium pace at 32.20 apiece, and was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1975.
Towards the end of his playing career, Greig joined Australian media magnate Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series.He later became a popular television commentator in Australia.
Many tributes have been paid to Greig. Australia captain Michael Clarke is quoted by the Guardian
as saying: "I was only speaking with Tony a couple of days ago so news of his passing is absolutely devastating. Tony has a long and decorated history with international cricket both as a player and commentator and cricket will be much poorer for his loss. Personally, he has also been a great mentor for me, providing great advice through the good times and the bad."
Former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee told the Daily Telegraph
that: "Tony was a tough opponent who took on all opposition with aggression and a determination to win.
"We will not forget the way he stirred the viewers in a similar vein to the way he did to opposition teams.''