Former England captain Tony Greig passes away

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Sydney: Former England cricket captain and noted commentator Tony Greig has passed away on Saturday. The 66-year former cricket was suffering from lung cancer but he died of a heart attack at his home in Sydney on Saturday morning.

"He was rushed into St. Vincent's hospital. The staff of the emergency department worked on Mr Greig to no avail," St Vincent's spokesman David Faktor told Sydney Morning Herald.

Born in Queenstown, South Africa, Greig qualified to play
for England due to his Scottish parentage. His father was a Scot.

Greig played 58 Tests for England and scored 3599 runs at an average of 40.43 with 148 being his best. He hit 8 centuries and 20 fifties during his international career.

He was also a capable bowler who had 141 Test wickets and 48 ODI wickets to his name.

The 6 feet 6 inches tall man was a charismatic cricketer who led England successfully in the mid-1970. Greig’s international career ended when he joined hand with Kerry Packer and even became a secret agent of Packer’s World Series Cricket.

After he was sacked as England captain he changed his base and started living in Australia.

Channel Nine, with which Greig had a long-term relation as a commentator, said in a statement: "Tony Greig is a name synonymous with Australian cricket - from his playing days as the English captain we loved to hate, to his senior role in the revolution of World Series Cricket, his infamous car keys in the pitch reports and more than three decades of colourful and expert commentary."