<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia, Sri Lanka and the SCG pay tribute to Tony Greig" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130103102529.jpg" title="Australia, Sri Lanka and the SCG pay tribute to Tony Greig" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> 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</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Jan 3, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australia and Sri Lanka paid their respects to <a href="/tags/Tony-Greig/post" target="_blank">Tony Greig</a> in a moving farewell to the former England captain before the start of play in the third Test.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> The sons embraced and headed from the ground before the start of play.<br /> <br /> Greig's family and the Channel 9 commentary team were invited by opposing captains<a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank"> Michael Clarke</a> and <a href="/tags/Mahela-Jayawardene/post" target="_blank">Mahela Jayawardene</a> to join the players and officials on the playing arena before the match started.<br /> <br /> His wife Vivian was overcome by the cricket community's response.<br /> <br /> "I just wish he could have seen it," she said. "I'm so grateful, truly grateful.<br /> <br /> "For Channel 9 and Cricket Australia to organise this tribute to him is truly touching."<br /> <br /> Greig worked for Australia's Nine Network for decades and his long-time colleagues <a href="/tags/Richie-Benaud/post" target="_blank">Richie Benaud</a>, Bill Lawry and Ian Chappell were among the television contingent standing alongside the Australia team at the pre-match tribute.<br /> <br /> 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."<br /> <br /> "He was so strong in every way, a man I always liked to have on my side," he said.<br /> <br /> Organisers had urged fans to wear Greig-style wide-brimmed hats, and thousands responded under sunny skies.<br /> <br /> Australian captain Clarke also wore a neckerchief, in Greig style, as a personal tribute, as he led the Australians onto the field.<br /> <br /> "He was an inspiration to cricket," Clarke said.<br /> <br /> "The game owes Greigy a hell of a lot. If not for the great <a href="/tags/Kerry-Packer/post" target="_blank">Kerry Packer</a> 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.<br /> <br /> Former Australian captain <a href="/tags/Ian-Chappell/post" target="_blank">Ian Chappell</a> remembered Greig as a courageous person. "He was combative but he was not about to take advantage of you," said Chappell.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.