Tony Greig, ex-England captain, dies aged 66

Updated: Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 11:11

Former England cricket captain and television commentator Tony Greig has died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home on Saturday. In October of this year, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. 

South Africa-born Greig, who played 58 Tests for England and scored 3,599 Test runs at an average of 40.43. He was also more than handy with the ball, claiming 141 wickets at an average of 32.20

He became synonymous with world cricket as a commentator for Australian television network Channel Nine following his retirement.

His biggest impact on the game, however, came after he joined forces with late Australian businessman Kerry Packer to set up the breakaway World Series Cricket (WSC) competition.

Media magnate Packer's concept, aimed at securing cricket broadcast rights for his Channel Nine in Australia, shook up the game's world order by pioneering limited overs matches played at night and turning cricketers into full-time professionals.

Greig's signature lent credibility to WSC and he played a key role in recruiting disaffected players to the controversial competition. 

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