Ex-England captain Greig dies

Former England cricket captain and commentator Tony Greig has died at the age of 66 following a heart attack. He was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

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Aussie PM: Greig's life 'wasn't always without controversy'

A confident and occasionally abrasive character, Tony Greig revelled in the on-field contest and at times stirring up crowds, such as during the 1974-75 Ashes series.

At 6-foot-6 with a shock of blond hair, Greig was an imposing and charismatic figure whose strong performances and ability to bond the team earned him the England captaincy.

But he was stripped of the honour after emerging as a key figure in recruiting international players for Kerry Packer's anti-establishment World Series Cricket, which began in 1977.

Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard made reference to his controversial nature in a tribute to the "adopted Aussie":

Tony Greig was a wonderful example of someone who came to Australia from somewhere else in the world and embraced his adopted country as his own ... his life in cricket wasn't always without controversy, but no one could doubt his passion and commitment to the sport he loved.

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