Former England cricket captain Tony Greig has died in Sydney after suffering a heart attack. The 66-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer two months ago.
The all-rounder played 58 Tests for England from 1972 to 1977, scoring a total of 3,599 runs and taking 141 wickets. He captained the team on 14 occasions. He also played 22 One Day Internationals, scoring 269 runs and claiming 19 wickets. The South Africa-born giant of the game was one of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack's Players of the Year in 1975.
After retirement, Greig became a commentator for Australia's Nine Network, where he worked for over 30 years. Channel Nine reported he died at about 1:45pm local time on Saturday, after being rushed from his home to Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital earlier in the day.
Greig was quoted as having told Channel Nine colleagues in November: "It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do."
He underwent an operation later that month.
His wife, Vivian, released the following statement: "Our family wants to extend our gratitude for the support and condolences we have received and would ask for privacy at this very sad time."
Twitter Reactions to Greig's Death
England wicket-keeper Matt Prior: "Can't believe one of my heroes Tony Greig has passed away. One of the greatest voices in cricket and will be sorely missed. #RIPGreigy."
Sports broadcaster and former England bowler Alan Wilkins: "Tony Greig will forever be in our commentary box. RIP Tony. It was a privilege to play against you and to work with you... He was a great guy, fun to work with, and a joy to spend time in his company."
Commentator and former South Africa all-rounder Pat Symcox: "Just lost a friend.Thanks for everything Greigie. RIP bud"
Former Australian bowler Glenn McGrath: My thoughts are with Tony Greig's family today. RIP Tony Greig :(