The world of cricket is paying tribute to former Sussex and England captain Tony Greig, who died this morning after suffering a heart attack. He was sixty-six years old.
Greig was a Sussex player from 1966 to 1978 and captained the club for four years from 1973 to 1977 after having a trial with them at the age of 19. He scored 156 on his debut against Lancashire and during his captaincy the club won the Gillette Cup.Sussex County Cricket Chairman Jim May said on the club's website today: "We are very sorry to learn that Tony Greig has passed away. As a player and as a captain he had a massive impact on Sussex."We are particularly saddened as we had the pleasure of showing Tony, his wife Vivian and his children Beau and Tom the redeveloped County Ground on 1st July this year. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."
Greig was a right-handed middle-order batsman and medium-fast seamer and made his Test debut for England against Australia in 1972. He captained the national team from 1975-1977 after succeeding current Kent President Mike Denness as skipper. He lived in Sydney from the late 1970s and became a much-respected and outspoken cricket commentator for Channel Nine for 33 years.Sussex and England player Matt Prior posted a message on the social networking site Twitter. He said: "Can't believe one of my heroes Tony Greig has passed away. One of the greatest voices in cricket and will be sorely missed."The Chairman of Hampshire County Cricket Club Rod Bransgrove said: "Tony was a true cricketing giant in every sense. Apart from his enormous and obvious natural abilities, his commitment was alwaysabsolute.“Whether as player, Captain or cricket commentator, Tony's boundless enthusiasm for the game was legendary and earned him an army of friends and followers all over the cricket world. As a cricket character, he is quite simply irreplaceable.“I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to all the Greig family and his close friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”