29 Dec 2012

Ex-England cricket captain Tony Greig dies

9:57 pm on 29 December 2012

Former England cricketing captain Tony Greig has died of a heart attack.

The South Africa-born 66-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer two months ago.

The BBC reports the all-rounder played 58 Tests for England from 1972-77, including 14 as skipper, before giving up the captaincy to join Australian media magnate Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series.

Following his retirement from international cricket, Greig, became a popular television commentator in Australia.

He was born in South Africa but his British parents qualified him to play for England.