Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Australia, Sri Lanka and the SCG pay tribute to Tony Greig

Australia, Sri Lanka and the SCG pay tribute to Tony Greig

A trademark Greig sunhat was placed symbolically on the stumps at the Sydney Cricket Ground before being taken away by his sons, Mark and Tom © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 3, 2013
 
Australia and Sri Lanka paid their respects to Tony Greig in a moving farewell to the former England captain before the start of play in the third Test.
 
A minute’s silence was observed by players wearing black armbands and fans in honour of Greig, who died on Saturday aged 66 from a heart attack while battling lung cancer.
 
A trademark Greig sunhat was placed symbolically on the stumps at the Sydney Cricket Ground before being taken away by his sons, Mark and Tom.
 
The sons embraced and headed from the ground before the start of play.
 
Greig’s family and the Channel 9 commentary team were invited by opposing captains Michael Clarke and Mahela Jayawardene to join the players and officials on the playing arena before the match started.
 
His wife Vivian was overcome by the cricket community’s response.
 
“I just wish he could have seen it,” she said. “I’m so grateful, truly grateful.
 
“For Channel 9 and Cricket Australia to organise this tribute to him is truly touching.”
 
Greig worked for Australia’s Nine Network for decades and his long-time colleagues Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Ian Chappell were among the television contingent standing alongside the Australia team at the pre-match tribute.
 
Broadcasting doyen Benaud said it was a sad day but “we will get on with it as he would have wished. And at the end of the day we will raise a glass to our gifted colleague and friend forever.”

“He was so strong in every way, a man I always liked to have on my side,” he said.

Organisers had urged fans to wear Greig-style wide-brimmed hats, and thousands responded under sunny skies.
 
Australian captain Clarke also wore a neckerchief, in Greig style, as a personal tribute, as he led the Australians onto the field.

“He was an inspiration to cricket,” Clarke said.
 
“The game owes Greigy a hell of a lot. If not for the great Kerry Packer and Tony Greig, the game wouldn’t be where it is today,” he added, referring to the rebel World Series Cricket which revolutionised the game.
 
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell remembered Greig as a courageous person. “He was combative but he was not about to take advantage of you,” said Chappell.

South African-born Greig, a swashbuckling middle-order batsman and medium-fast bowler who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, died shortly after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Sydney home.
 
He was instrumental in the formation of late Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer’s breakaway World Series Cricket contest staged from 1977-79, which left a lasting legacy on the game, including improved financial rewards for players.
 
Greig played 58 Tests for his adopted country England between 1972 and 1977, scoring 3,599 runs with eight centuries at 40.43 and capturing 141 wickets at 32.20.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 27, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014  at Sharjah

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 2 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RCB vs KKR RCB vs KKR 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad

Moin Khan hints at change of captain for Pakistan’s ODI side

Chris Lynn helps Kolkata Knight Riders escape with stunning 2-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 11 of IPL 2014

PCB change Muhammad Akram’s role from bowling coach to national selector

RCB need 18 off the last 2 overs against KKR

RCB lose Virat Kohli bust stay in control against KKR

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

New Indian-South Africa `academic bridge` launched

Are Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh overconfident about The Xpose?

Are electronic cigarettes actually safe for you?

Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels

Xbox users are spending 5 hours a day on the console!

7 health benefits of eucalyptus oil

IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Match 11 at Sharjah

Vic Gundotra, Google+ head leaves company

Also on cricketcountry.com