3 Jan 2013

Australia cricket farewells former England captain

12:58 pm on 3 January 2013

Australian cricket has bid a fond farewell to former England captain Tony Greig on the first morning of the final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The crowd stood to observe a minute's silence in honour of Greig, who died last weekend aged 66 from a heart attack while battling lung cancer.

Greig's trademark sunhat sat on top of the stumps before being taken away by his sons Mark and Tom, who like many in the stands were also wearing wide brimmed hats as a token of respect.

Greig's family and the Channel 9 televison commentary team were invited by opposing captains Michael Clarke and Mahela Jayawardene to join the players and officials on the SCG before play.

The Australia captain Clarke also wore a neckerchief, in Tony Greig style, as a personal tribute, as he led the Australians onto the field.