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Tony Greig


Anthony William Greig, popularly called Tony Greig is a former English Test cricketer. After his retirement, he turned into a television commentator. Tony Greig is a frequent member in the commentary box in cricket matches.

Tony Greig was born in Queenstown, South Africa. He was the son of a Scottish father. Greig trialled for Sussex in 1965 as a teenager. Greig played 58 Tests for England, and led them in 14, during a five-year career that ended in 1977, when Greig joined Kerry Packer and was one of the key players in organising World Series Cricket. He was captain of the World XI side during the competition that spanned two years. Greig scored 3599 Test runs at an average of 40 and took 141 wickets at 32 apiece.

Lung Cancer

In October 2012, Tony Greig was diagnosed with a form of Lung Cancer. He was suffering from severe bouts of coughing since May, which was initially diagnosed to be bronchitis. After undergoing tests following his return from Sri Lanka where he worked as a television commentator at the World T20, a small malignant lesion in his right lung came to light.

In the first week of November 2012, Tony Greig underwent some tests which confirmed the necessity of an operation.

Death

Tony Greig died on 29 December 2012 at about 1:45 pm (AEDT). He was 66. Tony Greig suffered a heart attack at his home in Syndey and was rushed to the St. Vincent's hospital. The staff of the emergency department worked on Greig to no avail.

Tributes

Channel Nine: "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."

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